Think Clayton. Think Downtown!
Scenic Downtown Clayton is the cultural, social and business hub of our rapidly growing community and has recently enjoyed the privilege of being selected as a North Carolina Main Street community. Our downtown businesses offer many of the products and services in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Coffee shops, fine restaurants, live entertainment, gifts and home accessories are available for the discerning shopper looking for quality and personal service. In addition, Downtown Clayton offers a full range of financial services, a local pharmacy, grocery and specialty food stores, health and wellness, and personal care services. Professionals continue to prefer our quaint and convenient atmosphere with thriving medical and legal practices, accountants, and a burgeoning arts community. It's a place where, quoting an old TV show theme song, "Everybody knows your name!"
Downtown Clayton Website
2010 Downtown Master Plan
Horne Square Rules of Use
Programs focused on Downtown Clayton are managed by two organizations, the Downtown Development Association and the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. Both are dedicated to beautification, business recruitment, economic development, historic preservation and promoting Downtown Clayton. In June, 2006 Downtown Clayton: Vision 2012 was adopted. All efforts are geared toward realizing this vision.
Festivals and special events such as Millstock Music and Art Faire, The Harvest Festival, Halloween Parade, Christmas Tree Lighting, Town Square Concert Series and others draw visitors and residents to Downtown of a good time and some old fashion hospitality.
The Clayton Center Auditorium and Conference Center provides a full season of professional entertainment with such legendary performers as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Harlem Gospel Choir, Doc Watson, and other national touring acts.. Monthly art exhibits of local artists are featured in the vast and bright lobby of The Clayton Center which also serves as the government offices for the Town of Clayton. In addition to serving as the center of government and cultural activities The Clayton Center complex offers first rate business conference center and public reception facilities in the historic setting of the former Clayton School buildings.
Founded in 1869, long time and new residents alike are rediscovering many of the historical and architecturally significant buildings and neighborhoods that add charm and character to downtown. The importance of this history will be preserved for future generations as the Town is seeking a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Clayton is very accessible with I-40 and I-95 just minutes away. Downtown Clayton is just twenty minutes from Downtown Raleigh, the state Capitol, and about a thirty minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
All in all, downtown Clayton is a great place to shop, visit and live.
Downtown Development Coordinator
Telephone: (919) 553-1545 x5403
Fax: (919) 553-1720
Office Address: 111 E. Second Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 879
Clayton, North Carolina 27528
We look forward to hearing from you.