ABOUT HAYRATThere is no certain information about the historical structure of our county. It is known that our county which is an allocation unit in Of, was first within the borders of Pontus Kingdom. After Pontus was destroyed, it was taken by; first Rome and then Byzantine empires. After the era of Trabzon Rum Empire, Hayrat was annexed by Ottoman Empire with the conquest of Trabzon by Mehmet the Coquerer.
Hayrat was invaded by the Russian forces in World War I but saved afterwards by the Turkish Alliance in 28 February 1918. Our county is 11 kilometers away from coastline and has an average height of 180 meters. The terrain is very rough, full of rowed, parallel hills which are called “kiran”. One of the highest of those hills are Ziyaret Tepesi. It is 3000 meters high. The region is quite rainy, thus it has a very rich flora. Because almost all kinds of trees grow automatically, the county has the appearance of a forest.
Hayrat gained the status of municipality in 1969, as a town in Of and became a county afterwards, in 20th May 1990. There are 3 municipalities and 17 villages within the borders of our county. Though the economic life substantially depends on tea production, forestry and animal husbandry also exist. The industry also depends on tea production. There is one tea factory (CAYKUR) and one private tea procession atelier in the county. In those places, approximately 500 workers and officers are employed.