Newsletter May 2017

Welcome Members & Friends of CCCRA.
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Recent Donations Endorse CCCRA Projects

The Hayesville Town Council donated $5,000 to the historic courthouse restoration project and another $1,500 for the CCCRA general project fund. Receiving the financial gifts, CCCRA President Sandy Nicolette thanked the Council and acknowledged the Council's history of supporting CCCRA projects and courthouse preservation efforts.

The Clay County Realtors donated $500 to the historic courthouse preservation. Director Ed Reams said, "It makes sense to donate to CCCRA for the preservation of the historic courthouse. The courthouse serves as the center of the community and will function as an economic driver for Clay County."   

Summer Concert - May 26th! 

CCCRA's Friday Summer Concert Series gets underway on the historic courthouse grounds, Friday, May 26th. If you're looking for a fresh approach to Southern Rock, or some call it Black Label Country, come bring your lawn chair and take a ride with the Holman Autry Band.  It's a promise they will keep you entertained!   

Local favorite
The Copper Door will offer special menu choices, beer and wine every concert night.  As in previous years, the American Legion will sell your traditional concert favorites.

Our second concert is June 9th with
Just Us.  To view the entire Series List, visit us at:

Total Solar Eclipse Souvenirs
For Sale 10am-2pm Saturdays

Commemorate the once in a lifetime TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, and support CCCRA, by purchasing your souvenir T-Shirts, Hats, eclipse-viewing glasses, posters, and more, at the CCCRA booth in front of the Hayesville Nantahala Bank (the corner of Highways 64 and 69), every Saturday from 10am-2pm through August 12th.  Free eclipse information provided with each purchase! 

By popular demand, KIDS SIZES NOW AVAILABLE! Beginning May 13th, purchase children's shirts in sizes XS, Small, Medium and Large.

All proceeds support projects of the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) including Cherokee Heritage programs and trails, greenways projects including Jackrabbit Trail and Quanassee Path, and the historic courthouse restoration.

Historic Courthouse Preservation

The exterior restoration of our beautiful Historic Courthouse is in the final stages with the new roof, repairs of weathered areas on the eaves and tower, and fresh coats of paint on all exterior surfaces.  Our thanks and gratitude go to Cox Roofing, Woodhaven Construction and Fresh Look Painting for their craftsmanship, attention to detail and care.  We are especially grateful to Sherwin-Williams of Hiawassee for donating much of the paint.

Next steps planned include re-pointing of exterior brick surfaces to protect against moisture damage to the mortar joints.  During May, the Courthouse Restoration Committee will meet with the TVA consulting engineer who is providing an HVAC plan for the structure.

Work on the interior restoration is planned to commence later this summer.  As details become available, track our progress on the CCCRA website at

A special thanks to Rob Tiger, who spent many, many hours meticulously restoring the architectural medallions on the building to like-new condition. 

CCCRA Shares Native American History

On April 28th, 175 Gainesville, GA, fourth graders learned about how the Cherokee and other native people survived thousands of years ago by relying on the mountain environment. CCCRA member Sally Jordan and president Sandy Nicolette met with the students at the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, GA, discussing the importance of river cane, the use of blowguns, indigenous cooking practices and how the Cherokee people built their houses. Many students were excited about their first visit to the mountains.

Appalachian Mural Trail

The mural on our own Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is an official stop on the Appalachian Mural Trail. The Mural Trail's vision is to "follow the Blue Ridge Parkway and find existing historical murals.  These mural will shine a light on the rich heritage of our mountains..."  Over 17 million visitors a year drive on at least part of the parkway. Visitors are encouraged to get off the parkway and visit communities and sites within a short drive.   The Appalachian Mural Trail will join the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail and Blue Ridge Music Trail which help to promote the art, music and history of Clay County.  CCCRA's donation of $150 to the Mural Trail will help draw visitors to Hayesville for our Cherokee Homestead Exhibit and the mural at the Mountain Valley Park.

Organizations promoting the Mural Trail include the
Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Smoky Mountain Host, High Country Host and Blue Ridge Mountain Host.

Volunteers Needed!

We could use your help. The welcome rain is growing the grass at the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary, which must be mowed several times during the summer.  The corn, beans and squash in the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit mound gardens will be sprouting soon, and will require periodic watering and weeding. If you are able to help, even once, with either activity, please contact ROB TIGER at 828-389-6531.  


Interested in becoming a member of CCCRA and/or volunteering to serve your community? 

Clay County Communities Revitalization Association
CCCRA is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization devoted to preserving and improving Clay County NC for its residents and visitors. Powered by a 100% volunteer engine, CCCRA is funded through memberships, donations and grants.
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