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Clayton was literally built with shopping in mind. Most of downtown was constructed in the late 19th century to meet the needs of shoppers coming from both land and water.
A leisurely stroll down our main streets brings you to an array of unique shops including clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, as well as shops offering 1000 Islands collectibles to take home as a keepsake.
Maybe you are looking to take home a taste of the 1000 Islands from one of several gourmet food emporiums including “River Rat” Cheese or a bottle of the famous “Original” Thousand Islands Dressing that was created right here.
Be sure to look up while you stroll our main streets. The upper stories share attractive architectural features- window crowns, and cast-iron cornices. If you are interested in architecture, be sure to pop into the Chamber of Commerce for their walking tour brochure. It’s a self-guided passport into the intriguing history and charm of Clayton’s commercial buildings, homes and churches.
Thousand Islands Museum
Museum Summer Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
The Thousand Islands Museum hosts Muskie Hall of Fame and Vintage Decoy Displays including an entire room dedicated to Sam Denny. See a carver’s bench with the tools used to carve decoys. Artifacts’ dating back to the 1800’s including a kitchen, sitting room and a one-room schoolhouse.
Our military display dates back to the Civil War with original documents from that time on display. Watch a video of shipwrecks put together by local divers. Visit our Research Library filled with family books and information on local area history going back to the 1800’s.
Purchase articles made with “St. Lawrence Tartan” which was designed especially for the St. Lawrence River and is sold exclusively at the Thousand Islands Museum.
The museum hosts special events including the Decoy/Wildlife Art & Sporting Collectibles Show, now in it’s 51st year. Our annual Festival of Trees turns the museum into a wonderland of twinkling lights and beautiful decorations.