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 ​​Clay County Communities                                                          Revitalization Association

Courthouse History

​​​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 completed in 1888
Constructed by local craftsman Captain J. S. Anderson in the Italianate Vernacular style from 1887-1888, at a cost of $7800, and dedicated in early 1889, the ​Historic Courthouse​ is the second courthouse for the County, having replaced the original wooden stucture.  That building, which stood on the south side of the Square, near the present location of Tiger's Clothing Store, burned to the ground the night of May 20, 1870, destroying all early county records. 

While still operating as the County's courthouse into the early 21st century, the ​Historic Clay County Courthouse​ fell into disrepair.  Starting in 1998, ​CCCRA obtained funds to garner improvements including renovating the exterior of the building, replacing lights on the Square grounds, installing commemorative brick walks, planting trees and repainting the gazebo/bandstand.  County business continued at the site until 2007, when the present-day courthouse was constructed outside of downtown Hayesville.

The ​Historic Courthouse and Square is the heart of the community.  In days not too distant past, the grounds served as a playground for the town children.  Farm families came to town on Saturday doing their marketing and stayed to visit with their extended family and friends.  Continuing that tradition, the ​Historic Courthouse ​grounds and Square hosts community events such as: ​CCCRA Summer Concert Series; Hayesville Farmer's Market; the Clay County Rotary Club Car-B-Que; Clay County Historical & Arts Festival; the Children’s Health Fair; the Tractor Parade and Agricultural Day; and the Lighting of the Square and Christmas Parade.  

Countless newcomers to the area, upon seeing the ​Historic Courthouse​, have said “I knew I’d come home.”  Preserving the heritage of the ​Historic Courthouse ​for the residents and descendants of Clay County, both life-long and new, is at the heart of the mission of ​Clay County Communities Revitalization Association.

CCCRA continues to secure funding for renovating this treasure, with a vision for hosting meeting and events,  retail space, and a place to welcome vistors and residents to the downtown area.