Photos courtesy of Keather Weideman, John C. Campbell Folk School.
Activities & Interests
John C. Campbell Folk School
The John C. Campbell Folk School, near Brasstown, North Carolina, is one of the country's most remarkable centers for traditional arts and crafts. Year-round, the school offers week-long and weekend classes in music and crafts. Its craft shop, nature trails, and picturesque setting make it a great day-trip destination.
Founded in 1925 by progressive educators Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler, the John C. Campbell Folk School is dedicated to fostering creativity and community-mindedness in partnership with its local community. The school offers week-long and weekend classes in basketry, blacksmithing, book arts, cooking, dance, gardening, glass, instrument-making, jewelry, metalworking, music, painting, photography, quilting, woodworking, and many other subjects.
Designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, the John C. Campbell Folk School is nestled on 380 acres in a rolling farmland. The campus includes craft studios, a saw mill, meeting rooms, a covered outdoor dance pavilion, nature trails, a craft shop, vegetable gardens, and rustic lodgings. The school's main building, Keith House, contains one of the best dance floors in the country. Friday evening concerts (weekly) and Saturday evening dances (bi-monthly) are open to the public.
A destination unto itself, the Craft Shop at the Folk School offers carvings from the renowned Brasstown Carvers and a wide variety of craft items for sale from over 300 regional and national artists. Visitors are also welcome to stop by the school's craft studios and its History Center, which features exhibits on twentieth century Appalachian culture.
The campus features a variety of easy nature trails, including the Rivercane Walk, a quarter-mile creekside loop trail with sculptures from area artists honoring the local Cherokee heritage.
Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds during daylight hours, check out the Craft Shop, peek in at the classes in session, and stroll the nature trails.
Click on the link below to hear a Living Traditions Moment about this internationally famous craft school.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Craft Shop hours:
Monday - Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hours of operation are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
Friday evening concerts are free. Admission is charged for the Saturday evening dances.
Classes require advance registration and involve costs for tuition, lodging, and meals.
John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
(800) 365-5724 (toll free)
- Cherokee County Historical Museum (6 miles)
The Cherokee County Historical Museum in Murphy, NC displays the rich history of Native American and pioneer settlers.
- Cherokee Homestead Exhibit (8 miles)
The Cherokee and their ancestors have called Western North Carolina home for more than 10,000 years.
- Clay County Historical and Arts Museum (8 miles)
The Museum displays items pertinent to the history of the area through changing exhibits.