Our educational facilities, Jay High School and Jay Elementary are located inside the town limits. We are proud of our schools and feel our children receive exceptional education opportunity. back to top ˆ
Agriculture is our main source of income - Jay houses peanut drying facilities and Florida's only two cotton gins. Our main crops are peanuts and cotton.
We have several restaurants, beauty shops, convenience stores, two banks, one grocery store, two pharmacies, flower shops, auto garage, auto supply store, hardware store, farm supply stores, furniture store, two gun stores, one funeral home, two medical supply stores, we also have a Family Dollar, Dollar General Store, U.S. Post Office, The Terrace Retirement Home and Jay Hospital affiliated with Baptist healthcare.
Jay is also home to Bray-Hendricks Park featuring:
History On the 30th of November 2002, Jay, named after its first postmaster, J.T. Nowling, celebrated its centennial anniversary. With it's friendly and caring people, this small town near the Florida/Alabama border has perfectly illustrated small town U.S.A. for more than 100 years.
In 1902, a committee was formed to select a name for the thriving farming community. James Thomas Nowling submitted the name "Pine Level" but it was declined due to a Florida post office already using it. Mr. Nowling was asked to submit a second name and was turned down again due to the name being too long. He was asked to submit yet another name but the Postal Department named the new post office after Mr. Nowling before he was able to submit another name and Mr. Nowling became the first postmaster of Jay.
A small group of farmers began a livestock market in 1940 and reached sales of up to $1 million within 10 years. This industry continues to flourish today.
Oil was discovered here in 1970. The Jay oilfield has approximately 67 oilwells - eleven within the town limits. Royalties from the oil have exceeded $400 million and have enabled us to build a new city hall, fire department and recreation complex.
Jay continues to develop but holds fast to it's small town roots.
Be sure to stop by the Jay History Museum, opened in 2009, because sometimes you want to be where everybody knows your name.