Located in the center of Alabama, Chilton County was created by the Alabama legislature on December 30, 1868 from lands taken from Autauga, Bibb, Perry, and Shelby counties. Chilton County encompasses 695-square miles. The Coosa River forms the eastern boundary of the county, creating a rich natural resource and offering an abundance of recreational opportunities. Originally named Baker County, Chilton County received its present name on December 17, 1874 in honor of Judge William Parish Chilton, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a member of the provisional and regular Congress of the Confederacy.
Clanton is the county seat of Chilton County, and is the state’s largest producer of peaches. The communities of Chilton County boast beautiful landscapes, friendly small-town atmospheres, and pristine parks and recreational facilities. The area’s close proximity to Birmingham and Montgomery makes it a prime location for business and industrial development.
Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, www.archives.state.al.us