Museum Reopening April 18, 2021!

The Museum is slated to open Sunday, April 18th from 2-4pm! We will be open each Sunday. Please join us for our new exhibit celebrating Joel Clayton's birthplace and Clayton, CA's twinned city: Bugsworth, Derbyshire, England.


Welcome to the Clayton Historical Society and Museum’s website!

The Clayton Historical Society was founded in 1974 to “research, collect, record, preserve, display, borrow, share, and interpret local history information and memorabilia, and to promote understanding of Clayton origins and development.”

Clayton’s 29th Annual Gardens Tour!

Spring has sprung, the pandemic is lifting, and we’re trilled that we can have our 29th annual Clayton Gardens Tour this May 14th and 15th. Featuring five great gardens, the tour will take place rain or shine from 10am – 4pm on Friday and Saturday and is a major fundraiser for the Museum. Grab your pals and enjoy nature’s beauty in Clayton and Concord homes. The tour begins at the Clayton Museum, where you pick up your tickets, and then proceed to a self-guided and paced tour of the local homes.

To purchase discounted tickets in advance, please visit our Online Gift Shop.

Introducing the Society’s New YouTube Channel

We are pleased to announced the new Clayton Historical Society YouTube Channel, featuring a variety of videos on Clayton history, meetings past and present, and other interesting tidbits. We strive to digitize more of our collections as we preserve and promote Clayton’s history — especially during this time.

2021 Camellia Tea: A Look Back

Our 44th Annual Camellia Tea, which was to be held on Sunday, February 14, 2021, has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19 and keeping everyone safe. Our website features virtual offerings with examples of Camellia Tea celebrations from the past. We are hoping you will all join us for tea and homemade goodies next year when we hope to again be able to gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate our wonderful little town. 

Photo of Camellia

1964 Tour of Clayton

Feeling a little stir-crazy while sheltering in place at home? Checkout this 1964 Tour of Clayton, CA by former Society President Dick Ellis and friend of the Museum, Bob Daugherty. While the population was only 1023 people, the town’s distinct features remain recognizable today.

Video Shot by Dick Ellis and Bob Daugherty, 1964.

Museum Gift Shop

Check out what we sell at the Museum’s Gift Shop online.  All items can be purchased online and picked up at the Museum.  Makes for a unique gift for the holidays! Shop Now

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