Honoring the Centennial of the Town of Hayesville, North Carolinaby Representative Mark Meadows
Posted on 2013-03-04
MEADOWS asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. MEADOWS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the centennial of
Hayesville, a city nestled between the mountains and valleys of Clay
County in western North Carolina.
Located along an old trading route at the site of the former Cherokee town of Quanasee, Hayesville became a resting place for many settlers in the early 1800s during their westward expansion.
As the population in the area grew, the need for local governance increased, and in 1861, State representative George Hayes introduced legislation establishing Clay County, and Hayesville was named to recognize his efforts.
As the county and community continued to grow, a county courthouse and village square were established in the town, and in March of 1913, Hayesville was officially recognized as an incorporated town and the county seat of Clay County.
Throughout the 1900s, Hayesville's importance to western North Carolina only grew as it became a center of commerce point between Franklin to the east, Murphy to the west, and communities in Georgia to the south.
Hayesville continues to be an important representative of the small- town family values and our mountain culture so important to all of us in the western part of the State.
I'm proud to represent such a strong community, and it is with great honor I recognize the centennial of Hayesville, North Carolina.