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 Statement:

I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver's hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provides many of those.