We’re proud of the collection of books, artifacts, and historical reference materials that are housed at the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library inside the Virginia Lee Satterfield History Room in Downtown Clayton. Enjoy the links below for some incredible pictures and insight into our town's rich history and residents.


Clayton 1909

Illustrated Handbook of Clayton, 1909, a publication by local businessman John T. Talton, highlighting the leading businesses, farms, and families of Clayton and surrounding countryside.

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Horne Family Collection

Horne Family Collection, featuring photographs, artifacts and papers from the families of wealthy businessman/politician Col. Ashley Horne and his brother Hardy Horne, 1870-1960.


Cooper High School 1930-1970

Cooper High School Collection, hundreds of candid photographs documenting the life of Clayton's school for blacks, dating from the 1930s to the end of racial segregation in 1969.


Centennial Celebration 1969

The men grew beards. Families dressed in pioneer clothing. There were parades, concerts, special tours, three grand balls, class reunions, old-fashioned bargain days with merchants, fireworks, a Miss Centennial coronation, a time capsule burial, an anniversary seal design contest, T-shirts, commemorative coins and an elaborate 90-minute stage production about Clayton’s history with a cast of hundreds! 


Downtown Clayton Halloween Trick-or-Treat 2016

One of our favorite special events all year, brought to you by Clayton Parks & Recreation. This special Trick-or-Treat tradition allows costumed children and their parents to take over Main Street…marching down the street and sidewalks where they are greeted by local business owners waiting to hand them goodies, treats, or prizes.  It’s a great way for families to get to know their downtown businesses and see that the owners and their employees are friendly, hard-working community members. Just look at the faces of these adorable, smiling children filling Main Street.

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2017 Clayton Christmas Parade

Even rain can’t stop this hometown family tradition. Every year, families bundle up all along Main Street to enjoy more than 100 colorful floats, booming marching bands and of course, Santa Claus! There’s just something about a small town Christmas Parade! Sponsored and organized by the Clayton Rotary