Directions to the Museum

Open 8:30am–4:30pm
Monday-Saturday
(closed Sundays)

Admission is $6.00
for ages 11 and older,
$3.00 for ages 7-10,
6 & under get in free.

The Foxfire Museum is
tucked away on a
mountainside in Mountain
City, in the northeastern
tip of Georgia—beautiful
Rabun County. We are
within two hours' drive
from Asheville, Atlanta,
Greenville, and Knoxville.
Scenic US Highway 441 is
the route to take. Once
you've reached Mountain
City, turn onto Black Rock
Mountain Parkway near
the middle of town.


Click for larger map


Feel free to stop at
Foxfire's information
display – an 1800s corn
crib and wagon shed assembled by eighth
grade students from Tallulah Falls School –
just after turning,
to pick up a detailed
map with directions,


Nicholson Corn Crib

or continue on up the
Parkway and simply follow
the small brown signs until
you see our new wider
and smoother driveway.
Stop at the Gate House,
the first log cabin you see.


The Gate House,
entrance to the Museum


The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center

the Museum's first structure, the Bell Gristmill
Bell Gristmill

If you’re traveling anywhere near the mountains of northeast Georgia, plan a visit to Mountain City and take a walk through the past at the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, a look at a unique time and place in America's past that is very nearly gone - a glimpse of a rich past captured by local high school students who truly valued their heritage.

the Smokehouse, Garden, and red azalea
Smokehouse and Garden

Here you will find homes, tools, trades, crafts, and a look at the lifestyle of the all-but-vanished pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Foxfire students began interviewing their families, friends, and neighbors in 1966. Many times, these folks would give the students some old tools or the finished hand-crafted items they were discussing or documenting. Very quickly, Foxfire was growing an extensive artifact collection. When The Foxfire Book became a national phenomenon, Foxfire gained a source of capital (book royalties) to fund new growth. In 1974, Foxfire students elected to purchase land on Black Rock Mountain and created a physical presence in the community. From the beginning, the students intended this property to be a place of interaction between themselves, their work, and their community.

the Museum's replica Chapel
The Chapel

Foxfire’s new homeplace opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the students – they could now collect and preserve a very significant piece of endangered Southern Appalachian culture that they had never been able to even consider before – the log cabins that were home to so many generations of their ancestors. About half of the 20+ log cabins at the Museum are authentic structures, standing nearly as they were originally built as many as 180 years ago. The rest of the cabins are traditional designs, constructed from usable pieces of barns, homes or other buildings too deteriorated to be reassembled, and represent structures that could not be found intact or would not be parted with by their owners.

 


Self-Guided Walking Tours

kids trying to walk on stilts

For a small admission fee, visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of the Museum along a trail that climbs the property, winding throughout the cabins and grounds (for visitors with mobility issues, parts of the Museum are vehicle and wheelchair-accessible). A souvenir tour booklet provides photos and information on each of the cabins along the trail. While on the tour, keep in mind that nearly everything you see is the result of the work of high school students who valued their heritage. Most of the artifacts on display were gathered by students while conducting interviews for The Foxfire Magazine, and the log cabins themselves were tagged, disassembled, moved, and rebuilt largely by the students as well.

the Zuraw Wagon, used in the Trail of Tears

Experience the simple, functional interior of a single-room 1820s log home that raised three generations of 10 children each. Look over a 1790s "tar grinder" wagon - the only one in existence documented to have been used in the Trail of Tears. Peek into displays of woodworking tools, housewares, folk art, and farming tools. Test your balance on stilts, a traditional Appalachian amusement. At the peak of the trail is the replica Chapel, where visitors can sit a spell on the split-log pews (hand-made by middle-schoolers) and then ring the bell on your way out. See how many different plants you can spot along the nature trail heading back down from the Chapel. Take photos of your family in the upstairs window or in front of the water wheel at the gristmill, after inspecting the half-ton mill stones and wooden gear teeth. Spend a few minutes with The Village Weaver, artist-in-residence Sharon Grist, who's happy to share her love for spinning, knitting, and weaving with visitors during the week. Finish up back at the gift shop, where all of Foxfire's publications are available for purchase, along with a wide selection of related books and a variety of traditional hand-made crafts including pottery, soaps, wood toys, and textile goods.

 

Guided Tours for Schools and Groups

group and school bus on grounds
kindergarten kids looking over rail fence

Through 45 years of producing The Foxfire Magazine, high school students of Rabun County have documented the pioneer heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountain region. Today, as a direct result of these students’ labor and choices, visitors to Foxfire discover this bygone era through the stories and belongings given by the people of the region. Guided tours offer students a variety of lore mixed with hands-on experiences incorporating the tools and skills of pre-electricity life in the mountains. Tour content accommodates any age group and can often be adjusted to highlight subject matter relevant to specific subject areas.

Foxfire currently offers guided tours on a limited basis for school, home-school, camp, or other groups of six or more. Featuring plenty of information on the ways of old, interesting bits of folklore, various demonstrations, and access to closed displays, guided tours are truly special. While the best possible experience is for single school classes or groups of 15-20 guests, we can arrange to accommodate larger groups. For information on costs, availability, and scheduling, Contact Us or call 706-746-5828.

Current News

Saturday,
Sept. 27

Smithsonian
Magazine
Museum Day Live!


Partnering with
Smithsonian
Magazine,
Foxfire will join
1,100+ other
venues for the
10th year of this
national event.
Click here
for details on the
event, including
FREE admission to
the Foxfire Museum
on September 27.



 
Current News

Circle of Friends

Foxfire's
Circle of Friends
welcomes anyone
who appreciates the
work of the Foxfire
Museum & Heritage
Center. Please read
about the many ways the Museum provides interaction between regional students, the public, and the heritage of
Appalachia in the
2014
Circle of Friends

newsletter, and
consider supporting
our work.

Contributions are welcome, and can be made through
the SHOP or by
phone, or by mailing
the form included with the
CoF newsletter.