Nestled in the picturesque landscape of North Carolina, Hayesville is a charming town with a rich history dating back to indigenous settlements along the Hiwassee River. Originally a center of communal life for the Cherokee, Hayesville’s roots delve into the annals of the South Appalachian Mississippian culture.

The town, aptly named after 19th-century politician George Hayes, emerged as a county seat, promising easier access for residents. The legislation passed in 1861, forming Clay County in honor of statesman Henry Clay.

Hayesville, incorporated in 1913, wears its history proudly. Cherokee heritage sites, like the Spikebuck Town Mound, weave through the town’s redevelopment efforts. A testament to its commitment, the town hosts the Cherokee Heritage Festival, celebrating its unique character.

Surrounded by natural beauty, Hayesville sits along the Hiwassee River, offering a tranquil haven. As you explore the town, you’ll discover the Quanassee Path, Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, and the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary, all contributing to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Hayesville.

By Harrison Keely – Own work, CC BY 4.0,