• John C. Campbell Folk School


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    About Us

    The John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Since 1925, folks have come together here to have creative and fun learning experiences in a unique place in the mountains of western North Carolina.

    Representing over 300 craftspeople, the Folk School's Craft Shop offers everything from decorative jewelry to functional fireplace poker sets made by local and regional artisans. Take home handcrafted pottery, turned wood bowls, and fiber creations like scarves and table linens. The Craft Shop is also the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers.

    The Folk School's free Friday night concert series features some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel & Celtic music.

    Community dances are held every other Saturday evening and are attended by local residents and visitors who enjoy contra and square dancing to live music. Beginners are welcome!

    The History Center traces the story of the Folk School from its beginning and provides an overview of Appalachian culture. It houses a collection of handcrafted objects, old documents and letters, and photographs - including those of famed photographer Doris Ulmann.

    The Folk School offers numerous nature trails open to the public during daylight hours.


    • Weekend and weeklong classes year-round
    • Craft Shop
    • Friday Night Concerts
    • Square, Contra and English Country dances
    • Fall Festival (First weekend in October)