Chambers County was created in 1832 from land formerly belonging to the Creek Indians and named after Dr. Henry Chambers, one of the first citizens from the state of Alabama elected to the U.S. Senate. The rural county’s population of 36,876, is 37.9 percent black and 61.9 percent white and the county seat is LaFayette, AL.
Chambers County’s main agricultural product is wood, and the county is also home to three of the nation’s top 100 manufacturing companies: West Point Stevens, Johnson Industries, and Mead Corporation.
Fifty-four out of every 100 adults are high school graduates, and 8.9 percent hold college degrees. The county has six elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one vocational school, and one two-year college.
Tourist attractions include West Point Lake, the Chambers County Museum, the historic town of LaFayette, Fort Tyler, the Cobb Memorial Archives, Joe Lewis Barrow’s birthplace, The Doll House, the state’s first kindergarten, and The Cotton Duck.
The Extension office in Chambers County employs three agents and one part-time employee. The 4-H program involves 700 youth.