The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), Asheville

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The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) exhibits traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from nearly 1,000 craftspeople from nine states in the Appalachian region. The guild, chartered in 1930, fostered commerce for craftspeople of the region during the Great Depression. You'll have the chance to see live craft demonstrations in the center lobby. Tour the galleries to see examples of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, and other natural fiber arts and crafts. For an opportunity to purchase guild member work, stop in at the center's main gift shop, Allenstand, which claims to be the United States' oldest continuously running craft shop. Using our custom trip planner, Asheville attractions like The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful displays, nice museum, friendly greeter. Such a nice setting in the woods. Picnic areas in lower parking lot. Highway signage getting there was very good. They have such a wide assortment.....  more »
  • Right off the BRP near Asheville, so access is easy. Clean restrooms. Two gift shops, local crafts and art displays. Very interesting for a quick stop, or to linger for an hour or more.  more »
  • Based on the name, we were expecting some backwoods type, primitive arts and crafts…that is SO not the case. It’s 2 stories of all sorts of crochet, quilts, pottery, woodworking, stained glass...  more »
  • Super cute museum and shop featuring local crafts and information about the area. Some really interesting carvings, doll and basket weaving and folk art. Shop has everything from homewares to Christmas tree ornaments, all made by local crafts people. Staff were friendly and helpful.
  • It is not like regular people stuff it has Style in the old fashion history way.
  • Always a great place to stop. Paved walking, nice hiking trails, good place to start a BRP bike ride, and great gift shops with locally made arts and crafts. Just finished a Covid safe hike. Bring and wear your mask when encountering others on the trails. We need to help each other.
  • A wonderful stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nice walking trail and an easy section of the mountains-to-sea trail also passes the folk art center.
  • I didn’t even get a chance to walk up to the door before a very rude old woman angrily told me I was not allowed to be in the parking lot and must leave. She said she was already in a bad mood. As I was leaving, she tried to get my husband to roll down the window so she can continue to be rude. We were wanting to visit but apparently was in the wrong parking lot but she didn’t even give me a chance to say anything before yelling at me. I will not be returning due to the poor attitude. I would have left a 0 star but google doesn’t allow that.

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