Our History In 1966, a new teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Northeast Georgia’s Appalachian mountains was struggling to engage students in his high school English class. In frustration, he asked them what they thought would make the curriculum interesting. They decided to create a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia as well as living traditions still thriving in the region. They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills. This spark of an idea, and the work that followed, has turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, teaching readers, writers, visitors, and students how our past contributes to who we are and what we can become – how the past illuminates our present and inspires imagination. The Magazine The Foxfire Magazine has been in continuous production since first published in 1967.
Is Foxfire’s executive director and oversees the management of the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, The Foxfire Magazine. Forager’s Feast: Spotlighting Local and Foraged Foods. Join us for a dinner to benefit Foxfire and Timpson Creek Farm at Tiger Mountain Vineyard’s Red Barn. Share photo gallery. Ms Powerpoint Trial. ©aimee stewart, foxfires.
Today, students in the Foxfire classroom at Rabun County High School produce two double-issues each school year, focusing on the remarkable stories and extraordinary talents of people in the surrounding communities and beyond, and on living cultural traditions and Appalachian heritage. Additionally, Foxfire Today is an exciting new digital publication created by 5th and 6th grade students from Rabun County Elementary and Middle Schools. It follows in the footsteps of The Foxfire Magazine and involves project-based learning. You can preview Foxfire Today! Museum & Heritage Center In 1974, Foxfire used book royalties to purchase land and create an Appalachian heritage center in partnership with the community. The result is a museum, a hands-on classroom, a venue for events, a repository for artifacts, and a remarkable 106-acre physical glimpse of a rich and engaging past.
Visitors from around the world drive to the little town of Mountain City, Georgia to immerse themselves in the culture of Appalachia. Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, 98 Foxfire Ln, Mountain City, Georgia 30562 Hours: Open 8:30am–4:30pm Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays). Smith, Executive Director T.J. Is Foxfire’s executive director and oversees the management of the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, The Foxfire Magazine, The Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning, and The Foxfire Book series.