Feature Articles

Foxfire produces an
ongoing series of articles
to share with a regional
monthly publication, the
Mountain Laurel

Below are links to
interesting past articles.

Foxfire Quilts


Woodstove Cookery


Gateway Cabin

Corn Shuckin'



Fox & Geese





School Days




New Shoes



45 Years

Peek at 45th Book

Farm Families

Winter Remedies


Appalchian Faith

Playing In Mud

WWI Horse Tale

Boogers & Haints

Apple Cider

First Wood Carver

WPA in Rabun

Grits Explained


Huntin' Season

Aunt Arie Memory

2015 Event Schedule

May 2


See the days of pioneer Appalachia brought to life by local families and other friends as the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center hosts a day of living history, with adults and children dressed in 1800s-style clothing, showcasing almost every facet of life from 200 years ago in these mountains. Cooking simple food in a stone fireplace, crafting wood furniture with hand tools, blacksmithing in a coal-fired forge, one-room schoolhouse classes, short traditional church services, plenty of old-time kids’ games (everyone is invited to join in) — all of these activities (and more) bring the Foxfire Museum to life as volunteers recreate the unsophisticated but fulfilling lives of the hardy folks that made these majestic mountains our home.

Hours are 9:00am—4:30pm. Admission cost is the regular Museum rate—$6.00 for adults, $3 for ages 7-10, and free for children 6 and under. Home school families receive a discounted admission fee of $3 per person.

Event proceeds will help support the Museum's mission of preserving the heritage of Southern Appalachia and sharing it with visitors and students for generations to come.


Folk On The

Folk On The Mountain is a celebration of Folk Art—the immensely varied works of homegrown, not-formally-trained artists from around the southeastern United States who produce amazing hand-made creations in mediums including paint, pottery, sculpture, textiles, and more. Folk Art comes in every shape and description, from useful pottery decorated with clay grapes or dogwood blossoms to humorous or frightening face jugs; from small birds carved from found wood to life-sized scultpures of wood or metal that can represent animals or people (real or imagined); from paintings on old roof tin of chickens or lizards or other animals to... The possibilities are endless, limited only by the imagination of the artist and the materials they have on hand. Visitors are sure to see styles of Folk Art they know and love, and are equally as sure to encounter things they never imagined could exist before seeing it. Tour the Foxfire Museum, take in (or take home) some great Folk Art, and enjoy some time On The Mountain!

Hours are 9:00am—5:00pm. Admission cost is the regular Museum rate—$6.00 for adults, $3 for ages 7-10, and free for children 6 and under.




Please join us for our annual celebration of Southern Appalachian
heritage, music, and FUN at the Foxfire Mountaineer Festival on
Saturday, October 3, at the Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton, GA.

Information on this year's event, as plans are confirmed, will be available at

2014 Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarships

As a young girl, Julia B. Fleet
developed an affinity for the North
Georgia Mountains and their residents.
Ms. Fleet came to Foxfire in 1989
while searching for a way to contribute
something significant back to the
area where she had spent so
many pleasurable days.

For almost 40 years, Rabun County High School students involved in Foxfire programs have received scholarship funding from The Foxfire Fund, Inc. These scholarships are currently funded through an endowment established by philanthropist Julia B. Fleet, who came to Foxfire looking for a way to express her affinity for the mountains of north Georgia and the people she met here.

Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship awards are based on five criteria, including participation in the Magazine program, financial need, volunteerism (outside the classroom) for Foxfire, and with emphasis on potential for success and academic achievement. Consideration is given to quantity and quality of participation—Foxfire classes taken, number of articles written, leadership positions held, and involvement with any special projects, events, or committees. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to maintain active volunteer involvement with Foxfire as a way to help the students maintain ties to Foxfire itself, and, more importantly, to their home community. Foxfire Community Board members Danny Flory, Ramey Henslee, Karon Miller, Nicole Queen, Samantha Ramey, and Bruce Russell, Jr. served as this year's Scholarship Committee. Each new scholarship recipient will receive a fixed award amount for four contiguous years of college, provided they maintain full-time student status and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

In the scholarship program’s 38 years, 322 local students have been awarded a total of approximately $917,000. For the 2014–2015 academic year, four new scholarships were awarded to graduates John Lyle Moore (attending Young Harris College), Jesse Owens (University of North Georgia), Ethan Phillips (Piedmont College), and Taylor Shirley (North Georgia Technical College). Nine other Rabun County students are continuing their higher education this fall with the assistance of the Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship program: Kaley Boatwright, Christina Dills, Brittany Houck, Alyssa LaManna, Katie Lunsford, Kayla Mullen, Alex Owens, Anna Phillips, and Shanda Speed. Together, these thirteen students were awarded a total of nearly $34,000 this year in support of their educations. Now in its 48th year, Foxfire continues its tradition of giving back to Rabun County through the documentation of our local heritage in The Foxfire Magazine, preservation of the Southern Appalachian way of life at The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in Mountain City, and supporting our students' futures through the Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship program.

Receiving awards for the 2014–2015 academic year, the newest recipients of Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarships—on the porch of the Foxfire Museum's woodworking shop (L-R):
Ethan Phillips (holding a mallet), Jesse Owens (with a broad axe), Taylor Shirley (an auger), and John Lyle Moore (a crosscut saw).

"Foxfire" is Finally Back at Foxfire!

On December 13, 1987, the CBS network aired the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "Foxfire," starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and John Denver. This movie, and the Broadway play of the same name that came before it, were based on material in The Foxfire Book, and the central character, Annie Nations, was directly inspired by beloved Foxfire contact Aunt Arie Carpenter.

The movie was filmed entirely on location in Rabun County, GA, and Highlands, NC. Years ago, the Foxfire Museum’s gift shop carried the movie on VHS tape, and visitors have often asked for it often over the years, but, since the dawn of the DVD era, the movie has been contractually restricted to certain Hallmark stores. Over the last few years, though, Hallmark Hall of Fame has worked to renegotiate these restrictions, and they are now able to allow us to carry "Foxfire" in the Museum gift shop again!

Please join us in a heartfelt "Thank You!" for the Hallmark Hall of Fame folks, and if you haven't seen this incredible movie, read more about it and order your copy now!

This mailbox is an original prop used in the movie that was given to Foxfire after production was completed.
It is currently on display in the Bungalow, the last cabin at the end of the Museum's self-guided walking tour.

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