“say goodbye to your misconception of "hillbillies"”
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. 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.
We visited last Friday during the middle of the afternoon. The broom maker and weavers were still on site doing demonstrations. It was very interesting. They welcomed questions and seemed to really enjoy sharing information. We were on site for ~1.5-2hr, which was plenty of time to explore. My kids walked on stilts and rang the chapel bell. The weather was lovely and the 'museum' was lush with greenery. We will absolutely go back when our studies circle back to early-American history in a few years.
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