In 1966, a struggling English teacher in Northeast Georgia asked his students what would make school more interesting. They decided to create a magazine, featuring stories gathered from their families and neighbors about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia as well as traditions still thriving in the region.
The students called it “Foxfire” after the glow-in-the-dark fungus found in the local hills. This spark of an idea turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, exploring how our past contributes to who we are and what we can become – how the past illuminates our present and inspires imagination.
Today the Foxfire Museum is made up of over 20 historic log structures, and contains the only known surviving wagon used during the Cherokee removal. Join Barry Stiles, Foxfire Museum Director, as we learn more about the Cherokee Culture and perspective and the lasting impact of removal from staff of The Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
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