History, Old Jail Museum in North Carolina

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Sometimes the most interesting museums to visit are not in large cities or in other countries, but only three hours away from where you live nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The Clay County Historical Museum can be found in the small town of Hayesville. It’s located in the building that once was known as the Old County Jail from the years 1912 until 1972.

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There are two floors to this historical museum with exhibits filling every room from spinning wheels to a vintage feed sack exhibit.

One of the rooms had an exhibit of a replica of an early farmhouse kitchen. Do you see the oil lamp on the table and the candles on the wall? This was the source of lighting a room after dark before the days of electricity.

7-Historical Museum Hayesville NCIn another room is an exhibit of Dr. Killian’s working office where he practiced medicine from the late 1800’s until 1940’s. He was one of Clay County’s most dedicated doctors. One his desk is one of his ledgers where he kept records of all the visits and charges for each patient. Small log books could be carried in his saddlebag.

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These photographs are just a glimpse into what you will find in this unique country museum. And, if you ever visit the museum make sure to see the Cherokee Homestead Outdoor Exhibit located outside. Below is only one of the things you will see.

1-Cherokee Winter Homestead NC2-Cherokee Winter Homestead NCCherokee Winter House

The American Cherokee Indian villages in the early 1700’s would have looked like this one that’s on exhibit.

To learn more about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians click on this link. They are located in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 12 , 2013


September 12, 2013 · 10:34 pm

12 responses to “History, Old Jail Museum in North Carolina

  1. I love “small” museums and this one is worth for a visit. I enjoyed very much Cherokee housing photos.

  2. That looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love the gadgets in those antique places; sometimes the docent doesn’t even know what they were used for…

  3. What a beautiful and interesting museum! Very nice to see!

  4. Love old stuff, especially if there is provided an explanation of its function. I still have an Aladdin lamp on my dining table–power is sometimes quite “iffy” where I live.

    • I, too, have an Aladdin lamp; but, mine is not complete but I still keep it to remember my Grandmother. Another lamp, like the one in the photograph I keep on the mantle above my fireplace ready to use if needed. I have used it on several occasions when the electricity gets knocked out because of storms. I like old stuff, too; the older, the better.

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