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Young Harris College receives property donation from Cherry family 

YOUNG HARRIS – The Cherry family in Hayesville has donated its family property to Young Harris College – more than 10 acres, including a farmhouse and barn, rumored to be the oldest structure in Clay County.

Mrs. Barbara Cherry Conway donated her family’s homeplace, located in Hayesville, NC, to Young Harris College in August.

“Mrs. Conway’s generosity in donating her family farm, is humbling for us,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, President of the College. “The farm is perfect for classes in biology, environmental science and outdoor leadership. The farm is also an inviting place for us to host student groups to enjoy the beautiful environment.”

Conway is the daughter of the late Frank and Martha Cherry and granddaughter of the late John Russell and Minnie Mease Cherry, who have owned the property for many years. In addition to the property, farmhouse, and barn, there are several outbuildings located on the property.

YHC plans to use the property for academic and student activity programs.

Conway also established the Frank and Martha Cherry Endowed Scholarship in memory of her parents in July 2022. The Cherry Scholarship is awarded to deserving students demonstrating financial need.

YHC is very grateful to Mrs. Conway and her family for the wonderful gift of the Cherry Scholarship, which will benefit students for years to come,” Dr. Van Horn said. “The Cherry property will enhance learning opportunities for YHC students in many ways.”

About Young Harris College  

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires, and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Professional Studies. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the Conference Carolinas. For more information, visit