John C. Campbell Folk School


Nestled in a quiet valley in westernmost North Carolina, this unique school draws thousands of adult students from all over the United States each year. They come to spend a week learning one of the dozens of arts and crafts taught here and to immerse themselves in the culture, history, and beauty of the southern Appalachians. The campus is comprised of some 30 buildings scattered across 380 acres of woodland and farmland. Most of the craft studios are housed in rustic, tin-roofed wooden structures that wouldn't look out of place on one of the area's tobacco farms. Visitors are welcome at the school, and there are plenty of things to do. The most popular attraction is the Craft Shop, which features the juried works of several hundred local and regional artists and well as thousands of craft books. Two miles of pathways follow the course of Little Brasstown Creek, and meditation benches along the way invite quiet reflection. The History Center has exhibits and artifacts relating to 20th-century Appalachia and the school's early days. Visitors can also poke into studios and observe classes in progress, tour the 70-year-old Keith House, and eat lunch or dinner in the airy Dining Hall (reservations are required). Campbell Folk School was the vision of John C. Campbell and Olive Dame Campbell, a humanitarian couple who had come to the Appalachians in the early 1900s to study mountain life and social conditions. John died in 1919, but Olive and her friend Marguerite Butler worked with local communities and opened the school in 1925. The school's catalog lists more than 860 courses taught by some 500 different teachers. Students can learn dozens of traditional crafts. For more information, visit


One Folk School Rd
North Carolina, United States of America 28902


35.03514000, -83.96530000
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(800) 365-5724

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