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In 1966, an English teacher and his students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia created a magazine that they filled with stories, traditions, recipes, and more, all gathered from their families in southern Appalachia. They named the magazine Foxfire, a common name for the bioluminescent fungus found in the local woodlands. The magazine continued to publish after that first class. After several years, the collected works of Foxfire were published in book form, and in 1974 the royalties from that book were used to purchase a plot of land that is now the Foxfire Museum.
The museum, like the magazine, celebrates Appalachian history and culture. Visitors to this museum can learn about traditional Appalachian folklore, recipes, stories, and daily routines. The museum hosts events, showcases, and is integral to the history of Appalachia.