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


Listen and enjoy!


Come visit us

Open For Business

Take a tour of our beautiful downtown,
learn about new businesses opening soon
and see available space for your new business location or expansion.
Contact Mayor Harry Baughn at (828) 389-1862
or visit Town Hall, Monday, Wednesday or Friday 9 am - 1pm
at 56 Sanderson Street for more details.
Downtown maps are available at the HHI Centennial Exhibit
and various locations around town.

Enjoy a Fundraising event
Explore the Centennial Exhibit
and help us achieve our goal.
So much to do. So much to see.

mainstreetamAmainstreetambThis is the 6th 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.

Sherry Adams, Western Coordinator for the NC Small Town Main Street Program, et al., came to Hayesville for the Annual Regional Meeting and were the VERY FIRST gathering and subsequent tour group of the newly restored Historic Hayesville Courthouse on the square on Friday, July 20, 2018. After the meeting and tour, attendees enjoyed lunch at a new downtown restaurant and a guided downtown “walkabout” to see all that our HHI/STMS program has achieved and is planning. Many enjoyed the Friday Night Concert on the Square and the official opening of the Courthouse celebration on Saturday.

  • Setting up breakfast for guests

    Setting up breakfast for meeting attendees.

  • Breakfast is ready

    Breakfast is ready for everyone to enjoy.

  • Mayor Checking out the new website

    Setting up screens so attendees can view the HHI/STMS Hayesville website

  • Mayor Baughn welcoming visitors

    Mayor Baughn welcoming meeting attendees.

  • CCCRA reps welcome guests

    CCCRA representatives welcome HHI/STMS guests.

  • Annual Meeting in Session

    Annual Meeting in Session

  • Sherry Adams very pleased

    Sherry Adams, Western Coordinator of NC STMS Program is delighted with Hayesville report.

  • Courthouse Gift Shop

    Historic Courthouse Gift Shop open for business.

  • STMS attendees explore the renovated courthouse court.

    STMS attendees explore the renovated courthouse court.

  • CCCRA Bob Hanson

    Bob Hanson explains that everything original that could be used -- was.

  • Gathering after the meeting

    Participants gathered on the Courthouse steps after touring the building.

Committee work plans for 2018
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 third 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 Mayor Baughn for safety and improved parking.

New recycle and waste bins have been a current project of the Design Committee. 8 sets have been placed inside and around the square leaving 2 sets available. Plaque recognition will be given to organizations or individuals who make donations to Historic Hayesville Inc. for at least one bin.

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 Friends of Historic Hayesville volunteers promoted events and summer flowers at the annual Small Town Main Street/HHI picnic on the square. IMG 0716 Linda group HHI Picnic300X200

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..