Pottery Traditions:
Cherokee Homestead, Hayesville

Wood paddles carved with patterned grooves were used to decorate Cherokee pottery. Bureau of American Ethnology, 1903.
Before the first English explorers came to the area in the 17th century, the Cherokee established a town along the Hiwassee River. Nearby to the community of Quanassee is the Spikebuck Mound. Excavations have uncovered examples of Cherokee pottery that were used for food preparation and ceremonial purposes. Traditional pottery was hand-formed and stamped with patterns that were made using carved wood paddles and bits of natural materials, like corncobs. Nearby to the reconstructed Cherokee Homestead is the Clay County Historical and Arts Museum.
Cherokee Homestead Exhibit,
21 Davis Loop, Hayesville