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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.  

In early 2017, ownership of the Courthouse was transferred from Clay County to the Town of Hayesville.  Subsequently, CCCRA signed a long-term lease for the Courthouse building, greenspace and gazebo, ensuring stewardship of the property of decades to come.
Interested in reserving the
Historic Square (Courthouse Greenspace)
for your next event or gathering? 
Download the registration form and deliver to: Hayesville Town Office
56 Sanderson St, Hayesville, NC 28904
(828) 389-1862
    Historic Square Registration Form
  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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  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


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:  January 2018): 
While demolition nears completion, interior restoration continues. The entire upstairs floor system has been redone, with new sub-flooring.  The upstairs ceiling has been removed, allowing for required structural repairs to joists.  Rough-in work by the HVAC and electrical contractors will commence after those repairs are complete. 

Downstairs, restoration is clicking along.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work is complete, the concrete floor has been poured.  Doorway structural improvements and reconstruction have started.  The shaft and other preliminary work is complete for the elevator; the installer is expected to be on-site this month. 
Electrical power is "to the pole" outside.  While the cold weather has delayed BRMEMC digging the trench to connect power to the building, we anticipate that occurring soon. 

Robert Penland and his crew are to be commended for their dedication and for keeping the project on schedule, despite the structural issues and inclement weather.  They worked in freezing and dusty conditions over the last few weeks.  


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