The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center brings the Appalachian pioneers’ story to life in a thrilling, hands-on experience less than two hours’ drive from Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Knoxville. Students invested royalties from The Foxfire Book to establish this extraordinary facility as a living legacy of the people whose lives and stories they chronicle and cherish.
The Land at Foxfire comprises over 106 acres on which students have relocated 10 authentic pioneer log cabins and built more than a dozen other structures from period materials, following traditional methods of construction. The property is filled with artifacts, tools, and handcrafted housewares, toys and folk art, providing a glimpse into the lives of the people who tamed and thrived in the Appalachian wilderness more than 180 years ago. The Foxfire archive, stored on The Land and at University of Georgia’s Russell Library, features personal recollections of “old timers” from Rabun County as well as the only known recordings of certain Appalachian dialects.
- Self-guided walking tours of cabins, displays and grounds (small admission fee)
- Nature trail with native Georgia flora
- Spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations (weekdays)
- Stilt-walking (traditional Appalachian amusement)
- Guided tours for schools and groups (Click here for further information)
- Foxfire “village” of more than 20 authentic and replica cabins and buildings
- 1820’s single-room log home that oversaw the rearing of 3 generations of 10 children each
- 1790’s “targrinder” wagon, the last in existence to be used in the “Trail of Tears”
- Replica chapel with handmade split log pews
- Grist mill, featuring half-ton mill stones and wooden gear teeth
- Period buildings housing displays of hand-made products
Experience. First hand.
If you want to experience the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas, then reserve your spot at one of our Christmas Heritage Days. Together, we will spend the day up on the mountain making hand-crafted items, sipping hot cider and singing Christmas carols around the fireplace.
For ages 7 to adult (this is a really cool thing to do as a family)
Group size is limited to 12 (so we can keep it cozy)
Cost $40 per person.
Available dates to choose from:
Thursday, December 15th
Tuesday, December 20th
Thursday, December 29th I know this is post-Christmas, so we will call it a “Winter Heritage Day”
You must pre-register and your place is held with your payment.
Hand Crafted Projects of the Day
Yes, we will make all of these, and you will take each one home with you
Forge a hook with the Blacksmith
Make a Whimmy Diddle – the best toy EVER
Finger Weave a scarf using just your hands and yarn
Tin Punch an old-fashioned ornament
Decorate a tree for the wildlife made of all natural materials
Gather greenery and make a decorative swag
You will need to dress warm and in layers as we will outdoors for some of the time.
Bring your own lunch (no microwave or refrigerator available)
In the case of inclement weather which would result in slippery roads, we will reschedule or refund your deposit.
Our Christmas Heritage Days will take place at our 1800’s Savannah Cabin at Foxfire, 98 Foxfire Lane, Mountain City, GA 30562
For more information or to register, contact Michelle Bourlet, 706-490-3977
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