Saturday Apr 29

2017 Festival on the Square, July 7-9

The 37th Annual Festival on the Square is on the weekend of 7/7-9.

From Friday, July 7th to Sunday, the 9th, the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville will host an array of crafters, artists and food for the 36th Annual Festival on the Square. One July weekend a year, the Festival has become a town tradition that brings free entertainment and arts to the lawns of the Courthouse, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

This year's Festival kicks off Friday night, July 7th, with free live music starting around 7:00pm. On the corner in front of Chinquapin's, the streets will close a couple of hours before the dance and fresh-cooked food and cold drinks will be sold.

From 10-5 on Saturday, July 8th, and 10-4 on Sunday, more than 70 crafters and artists from several states will display their wares around the courthouse, which is on the National Register for Historic Places. Items like pottery, photography, paintings, bath salts and soaps, gourds, yard decor and wood carvings will be for sale. Others include fabric art, knitting, candles, and jewelry. Many artists will be doing demonstrations, as well. The Square now has Internet which allows more vendors to accept credit cards.

While viewing the art booths, stop to enjoy the shows that continue all weekend with various soloists, bands, dance groups, and some standard Appalachian entertainment in the gazebo. The entertainment schedule is posted here for your convenience. A children's tent will let the little ones have their own fun with face-painting and crafts.

Fresh, festival BBQ will be sold hot off the grill. BBQ chicken or pulled pork dinners, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, chips, beans, and slaw will be for sale from 11-3 on Saturday and Sunday to eat on-site or take home containers will be available. A bake sale, ice cream, fresh -squeezed lemonade, iced tea, sodas and water sold both days as long as they last.
Sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, admission to the Festival and all entertainment is free, but the barbeque is sold to benefit CCHAC, which supports the Old Jail Museum and various art and history events for the schools and the community. CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.

Carl Moore's book, Clay County Then and Now, will be on sale at the Festival information booth. Festival t-shirts and hats will be sold at a discount to benefit the group, too. Stop by the booth to find out how to help CCHAC with next year's Festival and other events.

The Old Jail Museum will be open both days of the Festival, as well.

No pets, only service dogs allowed.

For a vendor application form, click here.

Cherokee Indian Presentation at the Hayesville school

Saturday, 03 December 2016 12:15

Cherokee Indians presented their culture to school children of all ages at the Hayesville High School in Hayesville, NC on Nov. 18, 2016. The presentation was arranged by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council.

Watch the first 30 minutes of the presentation at The introduction is given by Sam Beck.


Friday, 20 May 2016 12:10
The museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM until the end of October. It will then close for the winter.

We're Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:02

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is rich in heritage treasures, including Cherokee history, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge artists, exciting outdoor activities and authentic Blue Ridge music experiences.

Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Miscellaneous News, April, 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015 13:43

Call for photos: Be part of our summer exhibit.


Coming soon! Clay County Native Botanical Garden.


Click for more info.

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