Clayton is located near two interstate highways, I-40 and I-95, on the western edge of Johnston County and has a population of approximately 8,000. The Cleveland Springs side of Clayton overlaps part of Garner so there are a few business web sites with a Garner address listed in the Clayton area of the ODP directory, but only those located in the Cleveland Springs area. The town of Clayton was built on the road that was cut by Governor Tynn's troops as they marched from New Bern to Hillsborough against the Regulators around 1770. The community was first known as Stallings' Station, a depot for the North Carolina Railroad in the home of Mrs. Sarah Stallings. On January 30, 1856, Stallings' Station was officially changed to Clayton named for a senator from Delaware. The town of Clayton was incorporated in 1869. Today it is a thriving community that has experienced good expansion and rapid residential growth and is the second largest town in Johnston County.

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