FOXFIRE FUND INC
- Arts & Culture
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
- Sports & Recreation
LocationPO BOX 54198 Foxfire LaneMOUNTAIN CITY, GA 30562 United States
Foxfire's mission is to preserve the diverse traditions of Southern Appalachia and advance the understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage through public programs, publications, and learner-centered education. Foxfire is a nationally-recognized heritage preservation organization and a model for how learner-centered education enriches students and their communities and builds connections across generations.
In 1966, a struggling English teacher at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Northeast Georgia asked his students what would make school more interesting. They decided to create a magazine, featuring stories gathered from their families and neighbors about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia as well as traditions still thriving in the region.
The students called it "Foxfire" after the glow-in-the-dark fungus found in the local hills. This spark of an idea turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, exploring how our past contributes to who we are and what we can become - how the past illuminates our present and inspires imagination.
In 1974, Foxfire used The Foxfire Book royalties to purchase land in Mountain City, Georgia, which eventually became an immersive museum. Today, you can experience Foxfire first-hand by walking through the outdoor museum and encountering buildings and artifacts representative of life in the mountains, from the 1820's to the 1940's.