About St. Clair County
St. Clair County was created in November of 1818 by the Alabama Territorial Legislature. It was named for General Arthur St. Clair who came to America from Scotland as an ensign in the British Navy. The county seat was incorporated and given the name Ashville, to honor John Ash. In 1836, a portion of St. Clair County was divided to establish Cherokee and DeKalb counties. After the Civil War in 1866, a northeast section of the county was used to create Etowah County.
The current population is 83,593 with 88.2 percent white, 8.6 percent black, and 2.1 percent Hispanic and other. The county has twenty-five educational outlets which include eleven elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, and one community college.
Beef cattle, hay, tomatoes, poultry, and sod are major agricultural crops. Major industries include Avondale Mills and Chandler Mountain tomato fields.
The county has two courthouses, two interstate highways, two hydroelectric dams, and two large recreation lakes that draw tourists to the area. Other tourist attractions include the John Looney Pioneer House Museum, Horsepens 40 Historic Outdoor Nature Park, Homestead Hollow Country Fair & Arts Festival, White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival, and Alabama International Dragway.
The St. Clair County office houses; Henry Dorough, Regional Extension Agent; Libby Perry, 4-H Agent Assistant; Aisha Martin, Nutrition Education Program Agent Assistant; Verhonda Embery, Administrative Assistant and Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator.