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
The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library, and the Guild's oldest craft shop. Beginning in March each year, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby.
Home of the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States, our Folk Art Center craft shop has sustained over a century featuring talented makers. It was started by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich in 1897 in Madison County, NC under the name of Allanstand. The shop eventually moved to downtown Asheville in 1908, and to its current home at the Folk Art Center in 1980.
When the Southern Highland Craft Guild was formed in 1930, Goodrich donated Allanstand to the Guild. Goodrich’s legacy continues as shop represents the work of over 200 members of the Guild. It showcases fine traditional and contemporary crafts in a variety of media including: fiber, clay, wood, glass, metal, paper, and natural materials.
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.