Clay County set to dedicate historic courthouse

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Clay County NC Courthouse

HAYESVILLE, NC – Clay County will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the historic Clay County Courthouse on Saturday, July 21, 2018, on Hayesville Town Square. The 11:00 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature the Joint American Legion-Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Color Guard, local speakers, and singers. Following the presentation, the fully-renovated courthouse will be available for public viewing until 4:00 p.m.

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The historic Clay County Courthouse on Hayesville Square

Constructed by local craftsman Captain J.S. Anderson in the Italianate Vernacular style, the Clay County Courthouse was built in 1888 at a cost of $7,800, and entered into service the following year. The courthouse was placed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings in 1975, and continued to operate as the Clay County Courthouse until 2007.

The lower-level of the courthouse will serve as a meeting space for smaller groups, while the upper-level courtroom has a 120-150 capacity for larger gatherings, such banquets, expos, classes, reunions, and weddings. An elevator was installed in the renovated courthouse, making it the sole commercial elevator in Hayesville city limits. A gift shop has been added to the ground-level of the building.

“The Historic Clay County Courthouse/Beal Center stands as a proud symbol of the spirit and determination of our regional forefathers,” the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association states, “The tasteful decor and displays recall the beauty and simpler way of life that shaped the local Clay County history. Join us to experience the quaint serenity and surroundings of a by-gone era as this beautiful venue once again becomes the center of the charming, revitalized downtown area of Hayesville and Clay County.”

For information on reserving space at the newly-renovated Clay County Courthose/Beal Center, contact Manager Kay Worden at 828-360-2388 or email inquiries to

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