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Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center
Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-7928
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Ranked #11 of 176 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art center, which also houses the first craft shop in the U.S.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Stop by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Stop and at least browse all the local items made by some incredably talented individuals. The quilts alone will amaze anyone who has admired them. And the building itself sits so perfectly up in the trees you just want to sit outside and relax for awhile!

Visited February 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful selection of crafts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This was the best stop we had for seeing local crafts and art- really enjoyed our visit. The quits on display were amazing! I loved the variety of artists in display. Most items were also very affordable. In addition, having a few artists on hand to chat with was fun.

Visited March 2013
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New Ipswich, New Hampshire
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A folk culture fix near Asheville”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Folk Art Center is one of the main attractions in Asheville. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about ten minutes from downtown, the Center offers visitors a taste of traditional and contemporary North Carolina craft--from ceramics, to iron, weaving, furniture, and lots more. There is an extensive gallery downstairs with lots of beautiful hand-crafted things for sale, and historical exhibits upstairs. The day we were there, a dulcimer club was meeting and jamming. Fun to watch and delightful to listen to. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Must See While on the Blue Ridge Parkway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Gifts galore! So many crafts and art pieces to see, give yourself ample time. Mostly all high quality pottery, jewelry, textiles, iron works, and often local artisans providing demonstrations. You can also find inexpensive souvenirs like homemade soaps, toys, T-shirts and coffee mugs.

Well worth your time while in NC. Don't miss this very special destination!

Visited October 2012
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Durham, North Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing examples of art and craft”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Far from the homey, folksy place full of whittling etc. that we expected, this place showcases both traditional and modern, high quality art.

Visited March 2013
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