Northeast Georgia Mountains / Mountain City

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center

98 Foxfire Ln.
Mountain City, GA 30562

706-746-5828
  • Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center

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  • Spring brings a special beauty to the Museum

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  • Artist-in-Residence Sharon Grist, The Village Weaver, has added natural dyeing to her extensive repertoire of fiber arts

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  • Guided tours of the Museum often feature a blacksmithing demonstration by curator Barry Stiles

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  • The Chapel, at the peak of the Museum's self-guided tour trail

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  • The Museum's Gift Shop features regional pottery and handicrafts, alongside the Foxfire books and other related titles

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  • The Bell Gristmill was the first building moved to the Museum in the early 1970s

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  • Foxfire's Logo, featuring the Bell Grist Mill

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  • Foxfire's brochure available for download at www.foxfire.org

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  • Fall is usually spectacular on the slopes of Black Rock Mountain

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Find cabins, tools, trades, crafts, and a look at the lifestyle of the all-but-vanished pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachian mountains. When The Foxfire Book became a national phenomenon, Foxfire students purchased land and created a physical presence in the community. 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 the world documented to have been used in the Trail of Tears. Visit the replica log chapel, the authentic gristmill, and the rest of the museum's 20 cabins. Stop at the gift shop, where all of Foxfire's books are available for purchase, along with related books and a variety of regional handmade crafts, including pottery, soaps, woodcrafts and textile goods. (For a more in-depth experience, groups of six or more are invited to schedule guided tours. Contact Barry Stiles at 706-746-5828 or [email protected])

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Friday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Saturday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

    Admission & Fees

    Ages 11-18 $6

    Ages 19-61 $8

    Ages 6 & Under Free

    Ages 62 and up $7

    Ages 7-10 $3

    Discounts

    Military Discount

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site

    Free Parking

    Gift Shop

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Parking on Site

    Public Restrooms

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Open Year 'Round

    Outdoor Location

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    85

    985

    Payment Options

    American Express

    Discover

    Mastercard

    Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Medicinal Plant Walks

    Medicinal Plant Walks

    06/21/2018 - 06/21/2018

    Led by herbalist, Patricia Howell, our nature walks will explore the diversity of herbs and medicines native to the Southern Appalachian region. On this guided walk, you'll hear about the multitude of plants long valued for their healing qualities and as a source of food, and learn about the role they've played in local history. You will also learn about why many are still in use today! Please wear appropriate shoes, as a walk will include a short hike through the property.

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  • Beginning Weaving

    Beginning Weaving

    06/22/2018 - 06/23/2018

    This two-day introduction to weaving is taught by resident weaver, Sharon Grist. Topics covered will include the mechanics of three different types of floor looms, the process of making a warp, dressing the loom, and many others. Students will weave a twill sample runner on which they will explore numerous treading variations on one basic threading sequence. No experience is necessary. Class fee includes instruction, use of studio equipment, all materials, and hand-outs (lunch NOT included).<... read more

  • Intro to Soils

    Intro to Soils

    07/12/2018 - 07/12/2018

    Join Timpson Creek Farm Manager, Darby Weaver, and learn about the dynamic nature of soil. From particles to micro flora and fauna, to the signs of deficiencies in plants; all will be explored within the context of the natural rhythms that guide soil processes. Bring in a soil sample and examine it under the microscope. Learn what is happening in soils around you and how to support them, as well as the power of soil's ecosystem to save our planet.

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  • Intro to Yarn Spinning

    Intro to Yarn Spinning

    07/14/2018 - 07/14/2018

    This six hour class taught by Foxfire's resident weaver, Sharon Grist, will include instruction on different fibers and their characteristics and practical applications of carding and drafting as well as both spindle and wheel spinning. Students will spin wool and learn several ways to handle fiber to produce varying yarn structures. Class fee includes instruction, use of studio equipment, raw materials, and handouts. Lunch is not included.

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  • Scandinavian Turn Shoe

    Scandinavian Turn Shoe

    07/17/2018 - 07/20/2018

    Learn how to make a Scandinavian Turn Shoe, similar to a moccasin, in this four-day course. This shoe style is made inside-out so that the stitching is hidden on the inside. The upper, made from Bison leather, can be formed in various styles with a recycled rubber sole. Only hand tools are used in the making of this shoe. Class fee includes supplies and instruction (lunch not included).

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  • Rush Chair Bottoming Class

    Rush Chair Bottoming Class

    07/20/2018 - 07/21/2018

    Taught by Foxfire demonstrator, Kermit Rood, this 2-day class introduces the student to the fundamentals of chair bottoming, with a focus on rush style weaving. For the class, students will need to bring a chair they wish to bottom. All other tools and materials will be supplied in the class (lunch not included).

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  • Lye Soap Making

    Lye Soap Making

    07/28/2018 - 07/28/2018

    Learn how to make old-fashioned lye soap from three simple ingredients: lard, lye, and water. Lye soap is medically considered a cure for many common skin ailments, including poison ivy and mosquito bites. Lye soap is also effective as a household cleaner, clothes detergent, and is great for personal hygiene. This workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please bring your own lunch.

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  • Beginning Weaving

    Beginning Weaving

    08/03/2018 - 08/04/2018

    This two-day introduction to weaving is taught by resident weaver, Sharon Grist. Topics covered will include the mechanics of three different types of floor looms, the process of making a warp, dressing the loom, and many others. Students will weave a twill sample runner on which they will explore numerous treading variations on one basic threading sequence. No experience is necessary. Class fee includes instruction, use of studio equipment, all materials, and hand-outs (lunch NOT included).<... read more

  • Broom Making Class

    Broom Making Class

    08/17/2018 - 08/18/2018

    Learn broom making with Foxfire's resident broom artist, Carole Morse. This 2-day course covers the essentials of broom making, including discussions on the materials, processes, and art of crafting different broom varieties. Students participating in the class will complete and take home a cobweb broom and a hearth broom. Class fee includes instructions and all materials (lunch not included).

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  • Planting by the Moon

    Planting by the Moon

    08/17/2018 - 08/17/2018

    Join Timpson Creek Farm Project Manager, Darby Weaver, as she delves into the biodynamic practice of planting by the moon. While biodynamic growers utilize this technique today, it has been used throughout history by civilizations all over the world as a means of growing the best, most adapted crops capable of resisting weather changes, diseases and pests.

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  • Flat Reed Chair Bottoming Class

    Flat Reed Chair Bottoming Class

    08/17/2018 - 08/18/2018

    Taught by Foxfire demonstrator, Kermit Rood, this 2-day class introduces the student to the fundamentals of chair bottoming, with a focus on splint style weaving. Originally, splint was thin strips of white oak, hickory or ash. The wood strips have been replaced with the more economical and easier to work with flat, which can be woven into different patterns.  

    For the class, students will need to bring a chair they wish to bottom. All other tools and materials will be supplied in the... read more

  • Intro to Yarn Spinning

    Intro to Yarn Spinning

    09/08/2018 - 09/08/2018

    This six hour class taught by Foxfire's resident weaver, Sharon Grist, will include instruction on different fibers and their characteristics and practical applications of carding and drafting as well as both spindle and wheel spinning. Students will spin wool and learn several ways to handle fiber to produce varying yarn structures. Class fee includes instruction, use of studio equipment, raw materials, and handouts. Lunch is not included.

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  • Broom Making Class

    Broom Making Class

    09/14/2018 - 09/15/2018

    Learn broom making with Foxfire's resident broom artist, Carole Morse. This 2-day course covers the essentials of broom making, including discussions on the materials, processes, and art of crafting different broom varieties. Students participating in the class will complete and take home a cobweb broom and a hearth broom. Class fee includes instructions and all materials (lunch not included).

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  • 7-Step Chair Bottoming Class

    7-Step Chair Bottoming Class

    09/14/2018 - 09/16/2018

    Taught by Foxfire demonstrator, Kermit Rood, this three-day class instructs students in the method of cane weaving. The 7-step process involves weaving the seat bottom into the perimeter of the seat through drilled holes. For the class, students will need to bring a chair they wish to bottom. Class fee includes instruction, tools, and all materials (lunch not included).

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  • Medicinal Plant Walks

    Medicinal Plant Walks

    09/20/2018 - 09/20/2018

    Led by herbalist, Patricia Howell, our nature walks will explore the diversity of herbs and medicines native to the Southern Appalachian region. On this guided walk, you'll hear about the multitude of plants long valued for their healing qualities and as a source of food, and learn about the role they've played in local history. You will also learn about why many are still in use today! Please wear appropriate shoes, as a walk will include a short hike through the property.

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  • Advanced Soil

    Advanced Soil

    09/21/2018 - 09/21/2018

    Join Timpson Creek Farm Project Manager, Darby Weaver for an in depth look into the inner workings of our native soils. Soil ecology and chemistry will be outlined relating to plants and animals and a look into the mechanics of soil will reveal how relevant the symbiosis and vitality of soil is to the well being of plants and animals above the surface. Bring in a sample from your home garden, forest, compost, or yard to see what organisms are at work and what relationships exist within your g... read more

  • Medicinal Plant Walks

    Medicinal Plant Walks

    10/18/2018 - 10/18/2018

    Led by herbalist, Patricia Howell, our nature walks will explore the diversity of herbs and medicines native to the Southern Appalachian region. On this guided walk, you'll hear about the multitude of plants long valued for their healing qualities and as a source of food, and learn about the role they've played in local history. You will also learn about why many are still in use today! Please wear appropriate shoes, as a walk will include a short hike through the property.

    read more

  • Broom Making Class

    Broom Making Class

    10/19/2018 - 10/20/2018

    Learn broom making with Foxfire's resident broom artist, Carole Morse. This 2-day course covers the essentials of broom making, including discussions on the materials, processes, and art of crafting different broom varieties. Students participating in the class will complete and take home a cobweb broom and a hearth broom. Class fee includes instructions and all materials (lunch not included).

    read more

  • Castile Soap Making

    Castile Soap Making

    10/27/2018 - 10/27/2018

    Learn how to make Castile soap, which is a vegetable-based soap made from a blend of olive and coconut oils similar to soap originating in the Castile region of Spain. Castile soap is 100% natural and free of toxins and it produces a high-foaming lather. We will be making both liquid and solid soaps. Each two-day session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Please be sure to bring your lunch!

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  • Beginning Weaving

    Beginning Weaving

    11/02/2018 - 11/03/2018

    This two-day introduction to weaving is taught by resident weaver, Sharon Grist. Topics covered will include the mechanics of three different types of floor looms, the process of making a warp, dressing the loom, and many others. Students will weave a twill sample runner on which they will explore numerous treading variations on one basic threading sequence. No experience is necessary. Class fee includes instruction, use of studio equipment, all materials, and hand-outs (lunch not included).<... read more