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 ​​Clay County Communities                                                          Revitalization Association

Historic Courthouse

​​​Preservation and restoration of the iconic ​​Historic Courthouse​, listed on the  National  Register of Historic Places ​, for generations to come, is a key focus of ​Clay County Communities Revitalization Association.  

The ​Historic Clay County Courthouse, located on the Square in downtown Hayesville, was built in 1888 by local
craftsman Captain J. S. Anderson in the Italianate Vernacular style at a cost of $7800.  Added to the
National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and rejuvenated in 2018 to the simplicity and beauty of its early roots, the  Historic Clay County Courthouse/Beal Center  is now a unique event venue, once again
the center of the charming, revitalized downtown Hayesville, North Carolina. 

To learn more about the Historic Clay County Courthouse , including rental opportunities, visit the Historic Clay County Courthouse/Beal Center website:   https://www.bealcenter.org/


  1. Restored Beauty - May 2017
    Restored Beauty - May 2017
  2. Facelift Complete - May 2017
    Facelift Complete - May 2017
  3. Great Gathering Place - Summer 2017
    Great Gathering Place - Summer 2017
  4. Courthouse Interior
    Courthouse Interior
    The Board toured the interior at its June 2017 Board Meeting
  5. Elevator Pit
    Elevator Pit
    Excavation for the new elevator. (Aug 15, 2017)
  6. Elevator Foundation
    Elevator Foundation
    Work in process on the elevator foundation. (Aug 17, 2017)
  7. Brick Repointing
    Brick Repointing
    Craftsman James Cross carefully repairs the brick and mortar to the exterior. (Aug 17, 2017)
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    Title 32
  9. Retrofitting for new joists
    Retrofitting for new joists
  10. Interior Demolition
    Interior Demolition
  11. Cupola Medallion
    Cupola Medallion
    Hand-painted by Rob Tiger
  12. The Lady in the Snow
    The Lady in the Snow
    December 2017
  13. Removal of 2nd Story Floor
    Removal of 2nd Story Floor
  14. Interior Work
    Interior Work
  15. Structural Repairs
    Structural Repairs
  16. New concrete floor
    New concrete floor
  17. Down to the studs
    Down to the studs
  18. Floor joist replacement
    Floor joist replacement
  19. New second story subfloor
    New second story subfloor
  20. Looking Up
    Looking Up
  21. New 2nd Story Flooring
    New 2nd Story Flooring
  22. View to the top
    View to the top
  23. Description
  24. Upper floor
    Upper floor
  25. Resurfacing the walls
    Resurfacing the walls
  26. The Elevator Is In!
    The Elevator Is In!

Beginning in 2000, CCCRA launched a project to stabilize the courthouse exterior and replace the dilapidated windows. In May 2010, CCCRA 
began to fashion and fund a plan to rehabilitate the courthouse and to restore it to its rightful place as the heart of Clay County.


 The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places , is being restored. Scroll through the photo gallery on the left for more photos of the current work.

(UPDATE: April 2018): 
There are less than 90 days left until our projected completion date of July 1st. The excitement of the grand opening is starting to build. Our general contractor Robert Penland ,his crew and the subcontractors have done an outstanding job of taking care of the unexpected issues while keeping the project on schedule.

Sheetrock is installed for the ceiling firelid and partition walls where required. The finish wall treatment will be next along with the installation of the ceiling tongue and groove boards. The boards were milled to replicate the original ceiling.

 The order has been placed for all the doors in the building. This may not sound like a big deal but we had no doors in the building when we started restoration. We researched the style of the interior and exterior doors to replicate the original, and replicated those meeting modern fire rating requirements. We did so through photographs and description of the doors in the Nation Register application. Thanks to all who helped with this process.

The Furnishings committee is working on the interior furnishings including light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and paint colors. Their work is almost complete. The Operations committee's work is progressing well. This committee is responsible for planning the grand opening and the operation of the courthouse and grounds in the future. Members of all the committees have put in countless hours to make sure we are ready for the much anticipated grand opening. Thanks to all for their time and effort.


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