Hayesville is a town in Clay County. Hayesville occupies the site of the former Cherokee town of Quanassee. The town’s present day name honors George Hayes, who was running for representative from Cherokee County in the fall election of 1860. When campaigning in the county he discovered that its residents wished to separate from Cherokee County and form their own county seat.
The town is built around the old courthouse. The old courthouse sits in the center of the square with a lawn, veteran’s memorial on the left corner of the lawn, gazebo and historic markers. The buildings face the courthouse on all four sides. We got an ice cream from Chinquapin’s and sat on one of the benches on the lawn at the old courthouse, it was peaceful, very little traffic on Saturday. The town is trying to raise the money to restore the old courthouse.
The Clay County Historical & Arts Museum is housed in the Old County Jail Museum – The jail was constructed by Love and Lovin in 1912, the iron jail cells on the second floor were manufactured and delivered by The Pauly Jail Building Company. Sheriff J. B. White and his family occupied the west end of the building. The jail operated until 1972.
The museum has pictures of life as it was in the old days, school house artifacts, a collection of farm equipment and Indian artifacts from a local excavation.
Cherokee Homestead Exhibit – next to the Old Jail Museum – I was there in June and it was not completed
Tiger’s Department Store – men and women’s clothing – 42 Herbert St
Chinquapin’s – old timey soda fountain look – ice cream, shakes, etc – 36 Herbert St
Molly and Me Antiques – vintage furniture, pottery, sculpture, decorative items, paintings, etc. – 892 Main Street
Ole Cupboard Antiques – advertising, folk art, cupboards – 818 Business Hwy 64
Chatuge Dam is a flood control and hydroelectric dam on the Hiwassee River in Clay County. The Tennessee Valley Authority built the dam in the early 1940s for flood storage and to provide flow regulation at Hiwassee Dam further downstream. The dam impounds the 7,000-acre Chatuge Lake. On Chatuge Dam Road