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Folk Art Center, Milepost 382

The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.

It houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s century-old Allanstand Craft Shop, exhibitions in three galleries, a library and an auditorium.

The Guild’s Permanent Collection is featured in an exhibition of craft from Appalachia.

The Folk Art Center was opened in 1980 as a cooperative effort between the Guild, the National Park Service and the Appalachian Regional Commission. 

What to Do

  • Enjoy a series of educational events held year-round
  • Observe daily craft demonstrations from March through December
  • Peruse the Eastern National Bookstore with Parkway souvenirs
  • Shop for unique hand-crafted treasures from southern Appalachian crafters

Phone: 828.298.7928

Web: www.southernhighlandguild.org

Explore the listing of hours and opening and closing dates for visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions and facilities - many of which are at or near the Highlights featured.

Calendar

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am

11th Annual Luray Festival of Spring

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mothers' Day @ Poplar Forest

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 am

Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

Vinton Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Weekend

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:00 am

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Heritage Fest

Friday, May 22, 2015, 6:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Heritage Fest

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:30 am

Festival in the Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am

7th Annual Crawfish Boil

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 5:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Festival in the Park

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Chateau Morrisette Winemaker's Dinner

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
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148th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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