Folk Art Center
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville NC | 828-298-7928
January – March open 9-5 | April – December open 9-6
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
Home of the oldest operating craft shop in the United States, the Center sustains a vast community of makers of the region.
In 1980, the Southern Highland Craft Guild moved its headquarters to the Blue Ridge Parkway from downtown Asheville. The vision to build a space for authentic connection between makers and the public is now among the top experiences in Asheville. Spend time with Guild members demonstrating in the lobby and peruse work from nearly 300 makers. Follow the quilt-lined ramp upstairs to explore the dynamic exhibitions, permanent collection, and library. Events throughout the year invite visitors outside on the hill behind the Center to experience fine craft.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts daily craft demonstrations in the Folk Art Center lobby from March – December. Demonstration hours are 10am to 4pm. Visitors are invited to watch highly skilled craftspeople work and talk about their craft.
Schedule is subject to change; please call ahead to the Folk Art Center for the latest information: 828-523-4110.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild headquarters in the Folk Art Center also holds a larger retail space upstairs called Allanstand Interiors. This section showcases studio furniture and one-of-a-kind home accessories and artwork, all made by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.