Olive’s Porch pays homage to co-founder of the John C. Campbell Folk School (JCCFS), Olive Dame Campbell, by offering a Folk School experience in downtown Murphy, North Carolina. The legendary JCCFS is located in nearby Brasstown, where it offers classes, concerts, festivals, shops, and more. Olive’s Porch opened its doors in 2022 in a building that was previously a toy shop and cabinet shop. Today the space features a learning studio for community workshops, a retail shop showcasing the work of local and regional Appalachian artists, and a working studio dedicated to the Artist in Residence Program.
Created by feedback from community listening sessions, Olive’s Porch provides year-round opportunities to explore and celebrate Appalachian heritage with community-focused events, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, and seasonal programs for school-age youth. Hands-on community workshops for youth and adults are available throughout the week and on weekends. Designed for all skill levels, workshops are formatted to meet for one or two days or for multiple sessions over several weeks.
Visitors to Olive’s Porch will find historical displays about JCCFS and a gallery offering some of the artists that can be found at the on-campus gallery as well as an expanded list of artists and styles. Traditional crafts are displayed alongside more contemporary craft offerings that include pottery, wood, metal, glass, items for children, stationery, and even artisan-assembled DIY kits.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm