At Clayton's public Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, town visitors and residents can access a treasure trove of historically significant materials relating to the town's rich past. This collection, which is housed in the Virginia Lee Slatterfield History Room at the library, includes photos dating back to the early 1900s, high school yearbooks, personal photos and artifacts from local families, and books made by Clayton locals, among many other resources. This historic collection is a great way for locals to learn more about their town's history and even about their own families. The library makes much of this material available online as well.
The Clemmons Educational State Forest is one of just a handful of such parks in the state of North Carolina. It is also the oldest Educational State Forest in the state. As the name indicates, this park is dedicated to natural education, making it a great resource for the Clayton community. Clemmons features miles of trails, which offer opportunities for self-guided hikes. Park rangers are also on hand to teach classes and guide tours for eager learners. One attraction that is sure to delight kids of all ages is the "talking" rocks and trees, which give information about the area's ecology and history.
Events at the Clayton
Housed in an old schoolhouse building, the Clayton Center is a comprehensive performing arts facility that hosts a number of performances and events for Clayton locals and visitors alike. Events include live music concerts that appeal to a variety of tastes, educational plays for children, and stand-up comedy acts. The Clayton Center also serves as an important meeting space for the community. Local organizations like the Clayton Chamber of Commerce hold meetings here, and local events, like a neighborhood reading day on the Martin Luther King holiday in January, are also a highlight of this center.