|The clay family came to this area in the 1840's and lived in a log cabin less than a mile up the road from where we are now. The cabin had been a US army outpost before the county was opened to setlers in 1818, and although it no longer looks like a log cabin from the outside, this old family home is now the Walnut Grove City Hall.
|In Walton County, like so much of the south, other than growing one's own food, the crop to grow was cotton. Year after year, acre after acre, every bit of land available was planted in cotton. Even now, riding through the woods you can see the old terraces created to grow cotton on steep land. But cotton is hard on land and by the 1930's and 40's the land was "cottoned out", depleted, eroded and unprofitable.
|After the war, Lawson Calhoun Sr and his father-in-law, Dr. Grady Clay, decided to convert the farm from cotton to cattle as a way to restore it. It was a huge and experimental undertaking.
||4 generations of Clays (around 1930)