Hayesville’s Cherokee Homestead Exhibit opened officially on Saturday, October 23. The outdoor exhibit is located just off the historic courthouse square adjacent to the Old Jail Museum in Hayesville. It celebrates Clay County’s rich Cherokee heritage and culture and offers travelers and students a gateway to Cherokee heritage sites in the North Carolina mountains.
The site includes a Cherokee summer house, winter house, and corn crib, designed to conform to the historical record regarding late 16th century to 18th century Cherokee structures. It also displays public art, representing elements of Cherokee heritage and culture, including clan masks, mural panels and contemporary and historic quotes. The opening recognized the many people who contributed to the exhibit and provided the public with information about Cherokee history and demonstrations of Cherokee culture.
A Blue Ridge National Heritage Area grant provided early support for the project.
Adapted from the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association news blog. See full story.