Jay, the seat of Delaware County, is rich in Indian heritage and history. Many Cherokee Nation Tribal offices are located here and the area is included in the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation and benefits from many of the Nation's services. It is served by US Highway 59.
Jay was named for Jay Washbourne, grandson of a Cherokee missionary. Delaware County was established in 1907 from Cherokee County. It is said to have been named after the Delaware district of the Cherokee Nation, which derived its name from Delaware Town.
At that time it was the home of a band of Delaware Indians who left around the time of the American Revolution and settled in the Louisiana Province which was then Spanish territory.
Local events include annual Cruise Night, Lights at the Lake, annual Quilt Show, Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival, National Huckleberry Festival, Grove Independence Day Celebration, Jay 4th of July Celebration, Grovefest, Grand Lake Area Relay for Life and the annual Christmas Open House.
Area attractions include Paddlewheel Riverboat Excursions, Grand Trolley, Starbird National Rod and Custom Car Museum, Harbor Village, Grand Lake Casino and more.
Jay is served by elementary, middle and high schools. Colleges and universities in the region include Northeastern State University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Missouri Southern State College, Tulsa Community College, the University of Tulsa and others.
Area medical needs are served by Integris Grove General Hospital. A new physicians office building and ambulatory care center houses state-of-the-art equipment. Also opened a brand new 120,000 sq ft hospital in 2010.
Delaware County takes pride in its lakes and recreation areas. Lake Eucha provides the best perch fishing with 50 miles of shoreline.
Grand Lake O' the Cherokees has 1,300 miles of shoreline for water sports and fishing. Numerous bass tournaments are held on the lake each year.
Other lakes, golf courses, state parks and resorts are nearby.
Parks in Delaware County include: Lake Eucha State Park, Upper Spavinaw Recreation Area, Little Blue-Disney State Park, Bernice State Park, Spavinaw Hills State Game Refuge.
Jay and Delaware County have much to offer. The northeastern Oklahoma area offers boundless activities, attractions and entertainment opportunities. This is a beautiful location to vacation, retire or just have fun. Stop by our United Country office soon and let us help you find your dream property.