Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was a statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the House of Representatives and Senate.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cherokee County and Macon County

E – Macon County

S – Towns County, Georgia and Union County, Georgia

W – Cherokee County


Created:  February 20, 1861                  Map of North Carolina highlighting Clay County

County Seat: 

Hayesville  1861 – present


Old County Courthouse – Hayesville  


Location:  Public Square / Sanderson Street & May Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  William Gould Bulgin

Contractor:  Captain J S Anderson.


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Hayesville. The southwest front has a square brick tower with arched entrance on the first story. On the second story is a vertical arched window and at the top is a white colored wood cupola with hipped roof. The windows are arched and the roof is hipped.


County Government Center – Hayesville  




Location:  Courthouse Drive / Highway 64

Built:  2006 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pease Associates

Contractor:  Wells & West Inc.


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the northwest of the center of Hayesville. The southeast front has a semi-circular section with vertical dividers between the windows. The north and south wings are one story. The roof line is flat.


History:  In 1861, Hayesville was designated as the county seat. The county was organized in 1868 and the first courthouse was designed by William Gould Bulgin and constructed by J S Anderson in 1888 to 1889. The courthouse is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 2006 to 2007.




Old County Courthouse – Hayesville
















County Courthouse – Hayesville
















Photos taken 2012