Opened in Feburary 2018 the Southern Appalachian Folk School preserves mountain culture



Southern Appalachian Folk School.... a place where “passing down” happens

Southern Appalachian Folk School (SAFS) is a non-profit teaching institution dedicated to preserving the North Georgia mountain culture. Our culture grew from many cultures. European migrants settled in a land that felt familiar to them, what we now call the Appalachians. The “Scots-Irish” brought ballads and fiddle music. The Swedes and Finns brought woodsman skills and log cabin construction. The Welsh brought mining and metallurgical expertise. Native-American neighbors shared their knowledge of crop cultivation and medicinal properties of native herbs and roots.

Jasper, located in Pickens County, is the southernmost point of the Appalachians. Fueled by the marble industry, Jasper grew. Folks made their own furniture, tools and horseshoes. They raised crops and livestock and hunted to feed their families. Quilts and clothes were handmade. At night families gathered by the fire to make music and tell stories.

This mountain culture is a tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and skills learned from one and passed to another. The vision of SAFS is to share and preserve this spirit of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inviting the world to participate in the Arts, Crafts and Stories of our mountain culture through classes that encourage open participation and life-long learning.

The founders of Southern Appalachian Folk School realized that this culture was in danger of no longer being passed down through families. If it is to survive, we must teach it. To teach it, we must have a school – a folk school. Ms. Doris Wall of Atlanta made the school a reality by graciously making available her building at 255 Chambers Street.

SAFS opened February of 2018. Among the more popular classes...native-natural medicine, whittling, wood carving and basket-weaving. Other offerings have included metal punch, re-purposed jewelry and journal design, scarf-making on a triangle loom, needle felting and linoleum block printing. Yet to come in 2018...totem carving, leather-working, stained glass, soap making, and quilting!

Our instructors are true artisans; individuals that are passionate about their work and about sharing their skills with others.

Join us to slow down a bit. Create a beautiful piece of art with your own hands. Stay with our neighbor, the historic Woodbridge Inn,, for dinner and live music on their porch. Have breakfast in our kitchen, then complete your artwork...all less than an hour’s drive from downtown.

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