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Folk Art Center

Headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild

formerly the Allanstand Handicraft Shop | Est. 1930

Located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway stands the oldest craft shop in the United States.

In addition to the handicraft shop, you will find a museum of folk art, two rotating exhibitions, and an American Craft library–rich with archives.

Learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artisans.

Experience Craft

Live demonstrations daily

March - December | 10am - 4pm

Meet & talk with the highly skilled craftspeople of the guild.

Current Exhibitions

The works of 5 artists | On view until November 9 in the Focus Gallery of the Folk Art Center.

Allanstand Interiors

This section of the Folk Art Center showcases studio furniture and one-of-a-kind home accessories and artwork, all made by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Pictured below: Table by Derek Hennigar

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Maker Spotlight

Maker Statement:

At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, Bill Apelian handcrafts heirlooms in wood. Using traditional tools—handsaws, lathes, gouges, and artists’ oil colors—and his imagination, he creates Santas and ornaments in an Old World style.

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