COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1876
COUNTY NAMED FOR: Stockton P. Donley, attorney and early Texas Supreme Court Justice.
COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: Rev. Lewis Henry Carhart, a Methodist minister, promoted the colonization of the town through a partnership with his brother-in-law, Alfred Sully, of New York. Although tradition maintains that Clarendon was named in honor of Carhart's wife, Clara, it has also been argued that the name was borrowed from Clarendon, England, to compliment British backers.
One - 1894
- 1894 Romanesque Revival courthouse built of brick
and stone. Due to water damage. the entire third
floor and roof were removed in 1936 and replaced by
a new roof, thus eleminating some of the important
features of the building. However, the
building has been completely restored back to its
RENOVATION: Complete -
Rededication July 4, 2003.