Clayton residence

A young Clara uses her telescope at the Clayton residence in New Jersey.

The Clayton Residence was located in the American state of New Jersey. It was the home where Martha and Daniel Clayton lived once they moved back from Wyoming after getting married in 1850.

Clara Clayton was born here in 1855. When she nearly died from diphtheria in 1866, her father gave her a telescope to pass the time. She developed a love of outer space, and would forgo sleep to gaze up at the stars from her bedroom window. Once she read Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon, she found someone who she felt understood her, and spent most of her time reading each new novel that he would release.


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