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Clayton, North Carolina (Images of America Series)
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Clayton, North Carolina (Images of America Series)

by Pamela Lipscomb Baumgartner, K. Todd Johnson
 

Chartered in 1869, Clayton traces its roots to Hinton’s Quarter, Johnston Liberty Meeting House, Roxboro, Gulley’s Store, and Stallings Station, and owes its existence to the North Carolina Railroad, completed in 1856. By 1890, several citizens amassed fortunes in cotton, lumber, merchandising, and textile manufacturing, and the town was recognized as

Overview


Chartered in 1869, Clayton traces its roots to Hinton’s Quarter, Johnston Liberty Meeting House, Roxboro, Gulley’s Store, and Stallings Station, and owes its existence to the North Carolina Railroad, completed in 1856. By 1890, several citizens amassed fortunes in cotton, lumber, merchandising, and textile manufacturing, and the town was recognized as the nation’s wealthiest municipality of its size. Nationally and internationally known natives, including Dartmouth professor Herman H. Horne, historian and diplomat William E. Dodd, Baptist stalwart John E. White, architect Douglas Ellington, and pioneer aviator Eric Ellington, gave the town additional notoriety in the early 20th century. This glimpse into Clayton from the 1850s to 1946 introduces those who transformed a rural hamlet into America’s “richest little town.” When economic depression wiped out fortunes in the 1920s and 1930s, the town’s greatest assets—strong families, churches, schools, and community spirit—remained intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738567433
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,314,728
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Authors Pamela Lipscomb Baumgartner and K. Todd Johnson have selected images from the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, other institutions, and local families. Baumgartner, a lifelong resident, is a retired elementary school teacher. She now works in the Virginia Lee Satterfield History Room of the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library and is active in the Friends of the Library and the Clayton Historical Association. Johnson, a native of Johnston County’s Cleveland community, is a Smithfield resident and freelance public historian. Since 2004, he has coordinated archival management and digitization projects for the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.

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