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Clayton, North Carolina is part of Johnston County and is in what is known as the Research Triangle. The settlement which became Clayton was constructed on a road which was cut by Governor Tryon's troops in the early 1770s as the troops marched from New Bern, northward to Hillsborough, fighting against the Regulators. When the North Carolina Railroad came through the area in 1853, the community became known as Stallings' Station, as the depot was in the home of Isaac and Sarah Stallings, which was also an inn and way station. The first post office was established din 1856 in Gulley's Store. Three years later, the village was renamed Clayton, and in 1869, it was incorporated.

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