Historic Hayesville Inc & Partners Showcase Historic Downtown


Hayesville, a small town with a big heart.
Readers Digest Nicest Place in America 2017 4th Place
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Hayesville offers respite for many, surrounded by peaceful, breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Chatuge.
Singer-songwriter Jordan Miller of Nashville, TN was moved to compose his song "Hayesville", the music use license for which, has been sponsored for a year by


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Hayesville is a small town with many small businesses that were really hit hard during the pandemic. HHI encouraged the community during those difficult times to show as much support as possible for them by extending the Shop Small Shop Local concept to year round. Most of our small business survived and HHI continues to actively promote the AMEX Shop Small Shop Local nationwide event. The event grows every year and our local businesses are flourishing once again.

Before the COVID-19 related lockdown, downtown Hayesville saw a major economic resurgence from the focused, revitalization efforts of local individuals and organizations tasked with development, redevelopment and economic vitality within the downtown area. Downtown was enjoying a booming, growing economy. There was real, visible and measurable transactions making our downtown a better place to live, work and play. See below what happened just in those last three years!
Join us.
Prepare and plan to participate in this anticipated most active period of economic opportunity.
There are a few opportunities in downtown properties for your new business location or expansion.

Contact Mayor Joe Slaton at (828) 389-1862
for details of downtown opportunities.
Downtown maps are available at the HHI Centennial Exhibit
and various locations around town.

This is the 10th year of the Small Town Main Street program in Hayesville and grant opportunities are helping to sustain the work plans but additional donations are needed. Historic Hayesville Inc. is a 501c3 non profit corporation and administrator of the Hayesville Small Town Main Street program. See below to make a financial donation to HHI. See individual project descriptions for more details and how contributions for a specific project can be made.

The Town of Hayesville is a North Carolina Small Town Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Historic Hayesville Inc. is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.  

As a Main Street America Affiliate™ Accredited program, Historic Hayesville Inc. is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.

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Committee work plans
Pedestrian connectivity is in the STMS work plan.

Promotions Committee is working on new banners, way finding signs. The downtown map featuring businesses, art, history and cultural locations accessible by walking or bicycle trails has been completed and is in its fourth printing. 

Economic Vitality group plans include promoting Small Business Saturday, recruiting new businesses and providing additional support to those already established in downtown.

Economic Vitality group volunteers will join the Design Committee this year to continue working with the Mayor for safety and improved parking.

A project of the Design Committee, with help from HHI and FOHH (Friends of Historic Hayesville) volunteers and beginning in June 2019, was the rehabilitation of the old Town Hall. This project was recently completed.  Learn more about the project here.  New project plans are underway so check back for updates.

Committees make plans!

Typical committee meeting consisting of volunteers making plans in Hayesville for various downtown projects that benefit everyone. small townMeeting300X200 Volunteers make them happen!

Two happy Hayesville volunteers that have shucked what seems like bushels of local grown corn for sale at a fund raising event on the square. CornShuckingVolunteers300X200


Members of FOHH gather to celebrate all the wonderful successes that their hard work and long hours throughout the year have achieved and to share the holiday spirit.
Job well done!



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References: Information on this page and throughout the site is drawn from sources in the public domain or  covered by the fair use doctrine unless otherwise stated.

Photographs are courtesy of Ron Wallace, Stephan Banakas, bobbystuff.com,  Clay County Progress, partnership organizations and others. Art work is courtesy of Signs Fast Inc..