This history of Foxfire is one of a spark turning into a flame

In 1966, Foxfire began when a teacher and his passel of reluctant but innovative students conceived of the idea of writing and producing a magazine based on the stories, folkways, lessons, and lore of their Southern Appalachian elders.  Since then, Foxfire has grown into a well-known and beloved nonprofit publisher, cultural archive, teaching approach, education resource, and museum dedicated to preserving Southern Appalachian heritage. In 2016, Foxfire celebrates its 50th anniversary with three festivals, a teacher conference, the release of a 50th anniversary book at the Decatur Book Festival, the production of an original play by Phillip DePoy, a University of Georgia Library exhibit of newly acquired, priceless artifacts from the Foxfire collection, and more.

2016 Anniversary Events

(click links for each event for more details)

Foxfire Heritage and Folklife Celebration– May 7

Foxfire-Weaving a Living History” –  Opening, June 17 – a visual art exhibition at the Hambidge Center

“Foxglove” presented by the Alliance Theater – June 22-25

Foxfire Education Conference – June 23-26

”Every Seed Has a Story!” – June 25the theatrical production presented by the University of North Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee.

Foxfire Folk on the Mountain Festival July 1-2

Mainstreet Gallery in Clayton presents Eric Legge. Opening Reception – July 1 at 5-7p. kicks off the Folk on the Mountain Festival

“Foxfire:  50 Years of Cultural Journalism Documenting Folk Life in the North Georgia Mountains” An exhibition presented by UGA – September – December

Decatur Book Festival features the Foxfire 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book – Sept 3-5

Mountaineer Festival – October 1


Details coming soon!

Foxfire 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Foxfire  celebrates 30 years of the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning