Introduction to Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton, North Carolina is 13 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is in Johnston County. The town is part of the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area and has a population of 6,973.
Clayton was established around 1770 by Governor Tryon's troops. The North Carolina Railroad entered the town in the late 1800s, and following the arrival of the railroad, the area became known as "Stallings' Station". Later, in 1869, it was incorporated as the Town of Clayton. The community, which was named after Senator John Clayton, became a major market for tobacco, cotton, and watermelons in the early 20th century.
Clayton and Nearby Attractions
- North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
- State Capitol
- Marbles Kids Museum
- William B. Umstead State Park
Things To Do In Clayton
The Clayton Village Shopping Center is a popular shopping spot in the town. Playspace Children's Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, and North Carolina Museum of History showcase artifacts which reflect the area's history, culture, and arts. William B. Umstead State Park, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, and J.C. Raulston Arboretum are other popular attractions in the area. The town also hosts the Harvest Festival in September every year.
Air transportation is available from the Raleigh - Durham International Airport.
Clayton Higher Education
Colleges near Clayton are Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and Shaw University.