New Year. New Beginning. New Hope.
New Plans. New Vaccines. New Normal. Happy New Year from CCCRA.
Old is New Again!
The historic courthouse steeple features beautiful medallions on all four sides. We are grateful to now have one of the original medallions, with hand-whittled spokes, on display in the Paul & Ann Price History Room in the Beal Center. The piece is riddled with birdshot holes. The story goes that in 1966, the tower was a favorite roosting place for pigeons. In an effort to eradicate the pigeons, townsfolk were given the opportunity to "take a shot".
When the original steeple was replaced in 1990 by Kenny Swanson, plywood circles were used to replace the original medallions. When CCCRA started its first exterior restoration in 2001, board member Rob Tiger, Tim Mustin and Glen Love created replicas of the original medallions, using measurements from historic photos and other original pieces. Those replicas are still in place today. During the renovation in 2017-2018, Rob Tiger carefully repainted them by hand, in the original colors.
Visit the Beal Center Wednesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm to see the original medallion and other pieces of Clay County history.
The Beal Center Gift Shop has been restocked for the new year! Come by and find something for yourself or your Valentine! Gift Shop is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
Looking for something new to do that gets you outdoors and socially distant?
Take that walk on the Quanassee Path you've been putting off. Visit the Jackrabbit Mountain Trails. Tour the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. Share photos of your outing with us on Facebook or email!
It's been 12 years since Curt Wheelerdiscovered Hayesville! Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, Curt also called Gainesville, Clearwater and Lake Wales FL, and Murphy NC,
home before coming to Hayesville. His career is in commercial real estate appraisals and sales, as an associate broker at Mountain Streams Real Estate (a CCCRA business member), and as owner of Wheeler Appraisals LLC (a CCCRA lifetime business member), working in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Curt's four adult children are spread around the country in Florida, New Orleans, Lousiana, and Texas. He has two granddaughters, ages eight and one, and three mixed breed dogs (one non-custodial). Curt enjoys following and listening to music, particularly live music, (we're grateful that he is a regular sponsor of our Friday night concerts),reading a variety of books, hiking and exploring different areas. Appreciating CCCRA's focus on the area history, particularly the courthouse restoration and the Cherokee programs, he happily started volunteering for CCCRA in 2018. Elected to the board in 2019, Curt co-chairs the Cherokee Culture committee. He also volunteers with Clay County schools and The Still Place.
New Members Wanted! If you haven't joined CCCRA or renewed for 2021, we wish you would! Your dues help support our work at the Historic Courthouse Beal Center, Trails & Greenways, Cherokee Heritage and Community Outreach. Can't find the form we mailed? No problem! Download or renew online.
Clay County Communities Revitalization Association
Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) is a non-profit 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.
CCCRA is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CCCRA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
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