Celebrating 50 years!
Foxfire, the magazine, has been in continuous production since it was first published in 1966. Students in the Foxfire classroom at Rabun County High School produce two double-issues each school year, focusing on the remarkable stories and extraordinary talents of people in their community, much to the delight of subscribers from around the world. Click here to learn more about Foxfire, the magazine, and to subscribe.
The Foxfire movement generated tremendous interest in the stories these students were sharing. The Foxfire Book was the first of a series of anthologies compiling articles from the magazine and focusing on the trades, crafts and livelihoods of the Appalachian pioneers. Now there are dozens of Foxfire books with how-to guides on everything from scalding a hog to making wine. Click here to browse and buy our books.
One of Foxfire’s greatest legacies is an overarching approach to instruction that gives students the opportunity to make decisions about how they learn required material, uses the community around them as a resource to help with that learning, and connects students’ work with an audience far beyond the classroom. Click here to learn about the approach itself, available courses, and materials for teachers.
In 1974, Foxfire used book royalties to purchase land and create an Appalachian heritage center in partnership with the community. The result is a museum, a hands-on classroom, a venue for events, a repository for artifacts, and a remarkable 106-acre physical glimpse of a rich and engaging past. Visitors from around the world drive to the little town of Mountain City, Georgia to immerse themselves in the culture of Appalachia. Click here for information, directions and hours of operation.
The history of Foxfire - a spark turns into a flame.
In 1966, a young teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School was struggling to engage the students in his high school English class. In frustration, he asked them what they thought would make the curriculum interesting. They decided to produce a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia.
They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills.
This spark of an idea – and the work that followed – has turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, teaching readers, writers, visitors, and students how our pioneer past helps define who we are and what we can become. And now, 50 years later, Foxfire continues to welcome people from across the globe into the fascinating world of Appalachian pioneer folk.