Clanton is a beautiful town located in the Chilton County, as county seat. Also a part of Alabama, in the United States of America, the small town of just 8000 people occupies an area of 20 squared miles. Clanton was establish in 1868 by a man named Alfred Baker and named for General James H. Clanton from the Confederate States Army. Baker, the founder of Clanton, was also the first mayor the city had. In 1891 a lynching took place in Clanton, in order to educate the white people to stop atrocities against the black population of the town. The county of Chilton, home of Clanton, is famous for its peach crops, more than 80% from Alabama's peach crops coming from here. Since 1952, Clanton was the host of the annual Chilton County Peach Festival.
Top Attractions within Clanton
Peach Park was opened in 1985 and is a visitors favorite since then. Initially it was a road side fruit stand and it developed into the beautiful park that Peach Park is today. Thousands of people visit this attraction every year, not just for the peaches, but also for other fruits and vegetables from Clanton and for the delicious local foods.
Lay Lake exists since 1914 and bears the name of Captain William Patrick Lay. This lake generates a capacity of 177.000 kilowatts. Also used as a touristic attraction from Clanton, Lake Lay is the perfect place for fishing a series of bass species, bluegill and sunfish. This is also the perfect place for swimming and sunbathing.
Confederate Memorial Park in unique in Alabama. This is the site of Old Soldiers Home for Confederate Veterans. The home took care of veterans, their wife and widows until 1939. The last veteran passed away in 1934 and the facility closed but all the object belonging to the Alabama Old Soldiers Home are in the museum of the Confederate Memorial Park, close to the cemetery where they are buried.