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Destination for a Day


The Folk School's Herb Garden. The timber frame arbor was built by students during a timber framing class.
Nestled on 270 acres in an enchanted valley, the Folk School offers folks who are visiting the area a chance to experience a unique blend of history, art, and natural beauty. Rand McNally has identified the Folk School as one of the top 30 U.S. destinations in their "Best of the Road" listing.

We look forward to resuming a more normal visitation schedule when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to walk the trails on campus and shop at the Craft Shop by appointment.

The Folk School is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by foothills with a backdrop of the southern Appalachian mountains. Take time to explore our woodland and creekside trails, where you can reconnect with nature away from the noise of city life, capture beautiful photographs, and perhaps glimpse or hear some of the more than 50 species of birds that can be found here. You'll quickly discover why so many students are inspired by the surrounding peaceful, natural beauty.

Browse our Craft Shop (currently the Craft Shop is closed with plans to reopen by appointment as soon as conditions are safe). A founding member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Craft Shop is a destination in itself. Representing the juried work of over 300 local and regional artists, the shop sells ironwork, pottery, jewelry, wood, metal, and handwovens, as well as a vast collection of books.

Once it is safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our studios, where people just like you are creating their own works of art and discovering their spirit in the heart of Appalachia. We'll also invite you to take a journey through time in the History Center, where you can learn more about the Folk School's fascinating story. See the Brasstown Carvers' work, and original photographs of renowned photographer Doris Ulmann.

For current information about visiting, be sure to visit us online at FolkSchool.org or call 1-800-FOLK-SCH.
Preserve our Learning Environment
Here are a few etiquette and safety guidelines we ask you to observe if you tour studios:

Before entering a studio, check whether the instructor has posted signs saying No visitors at this time. If so, please respect that request. They are likely at a critical point in explaining or demonstrating a technique, or there may be safety issues involved.

Please limit your visiting group to a maximum of four people per studio. If your group has more than four people in it, please come by the office in Keith House before touring so we may help you plan your visit.

Please keep your visit short; not over 5 minutes. Please do not engage students or instructors in extended conversations. Remember, this is a polite peek, people are hard at work.

Please keep a safe distance from all equipment. Safety glasses are required for some studios, and can be found by the door. Please do not handle artwork, tools or materials.

Tours of student housing are not permitted. Generally studios are called studio or shop on your campus map, while housing units are labeled house.

No pets are allowed on campus except for service animals assisting the physically handicapped.

For more information, or to arrange a large-party tour, please contact David Brose, Folklorist, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST at 800-365-5724 or 828-837-2775.
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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902


Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Craft Shop Hours:
Temporarily Closed, 828-837-2775

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