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Clayton Town

Johnston County, North Carolina

Clayton Town Hall is located at 111 East Second Street, Clayton, NC 27520.
Phone: 919‑553‑5002.

Photo: Home at 440 Kildee Street in the Clayton Historic District; Nancy Van Dolsen, photographer, 2007; from the National Register nomination document, National Park Service, Washington, DC.

Clayton [1] looks much different than it did 20 years ago. Major employers including Grifols, Novo Nordisk and Caterpillar opened state‑of‑the‑art facilities within the Town's Planning Area. Johnston UNC Health Care opened a full-service hospital at the intersection of NC 42 and Highway 70. In addition, the Town built a variety of new facilities to serve the growing population. These facilities include the Clayton Community Center, the new Law Enforcement Center and numerous parks and greenways. Clayton is now a unique combination of old and new. From the historic Downtown to Riverwood, Clayton is a place where individuals prosper, families thrive and businesses grow.


Clayton as described in 1922 [2]

The Town of Clayton came into existence in 1882. It was first known as Stallings, the name coming from one of its earliest citizens, a widow. When the North Carolina Railroad passed through Stallings, the name was change to Stallings Station. Later, when the railroad had gone on to Greensboro, there stepped off it one morning a gentleman wearing a high hat, a long coat, and other fashionable wearing apparel that stamped him as an individual of some distinction. He was not a preacher as you might think from the description, but a teacher. He was from Tennessee and in search of a good, healthy locality in which to establish a school. He stayed at Stallings Station for several days. He liked the people, the climate, the location and it was here that he built his school, calling it Clayton Academy. The school flourished and the town prospered. The old name of Stallings Station passed away and instead Clayton was employed. Since then it has continued to prosper and today it is one of the leading towns in the county.

  1. Think Clayton: Comprehensive Plan 2040, adopted 2015, www.townofclaytonnc.org, accessed June, 2020
  2. W. M. Sanders Jr., and G. Y. Ragsdale, Johnston County: Economic and Social, University of North Carolina, 1922, (A Laboratory Study in the Rural Social Science Department of the University of North Carolina)