A photo of Willow Grove
Another story: How would you feel if you came home one day and found that your entire hometown had been covered with a lake? Some of the residents of ClayCounty have experienced this.
There used to be a small town here called Willow Grove. Seventy-four families lived there. The town had churches, stores and schools just like any other town. But in 1940 the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it was building Dale Hollow Dam, and flood Willow Grove. The town held meetings to try to stop it, but in those days it was close to impossible to stop the government when it decided to build a dam.
During the next two years, everyone in Willow Grove was forced to sell their homes and move to higher ground. They even dug up their cemeteries and moved the bodies. After the dam was built, it took about a year for the waters of Dale Hollow Lake to rise to the level that the Corps of Engineers wanted. By 1944, the lake was full, and Willow Grove was gone.
Here's a picture of the courthouse in Clay County.