With nearly 9 million copies in print, The Foxfire Book series stands as a memorial to the people and the vanishing culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, brought to life for readers through the words of those who were born, lived their lives, and passed away there—words collected by high school students who wanted to be a part of their community and preserve their heritage.
All 12 volumes in the regular series are anthologies of Foxfire Magazine articles written by Rabun County high school students over the Magazine's 40-year history, usually expanded through follow-up interviews and other research.
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40th Anniversary & 45th Anniversary Books!
This volume, the original anthology, celebrates the home life and creative history of Appalachia, featuring sections on hog dressing, log cabin building, soap making, basket weaving, planting by the signs, preserving foods, making butter, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, and moonshining.
#SS66, softcover, 384 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This third volume celebrates the lively and homespun heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on animal care, banjos & dulcimers, hide tanning, summer and fall wild plant foods, cornshuck mops, butter churns, apple butter, building a lumber kiln, and ginseng.
#SS68, softcover, 511 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This fifth volume celebrates the survival techniques and resourceful heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on ironmaking, blacksmithing, horseshoes, cowbells, shovels, bellows, barrells, furnaces, flintlock rifles, and bear hunting.
#SS70, softcover, 512 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This seventh volume celebrates the spiritual heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on ministers and church members, from Baptists to Methodists to Pentecostals to Presbyterians, as well as revivals, baptisms, shaped-note and gospel singing, faith healing, camp meetings, foot washing, and snake handling.
#SS72, softcover, 510 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This ninth volume celebrates the crafts and heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on the Judd Nelson wagon, crazy quilting, general stores, herbal remedies and home cures, herb doctors and healers, a praying rock, a Catawban Indian Potter, witchy and ghostly haint tales, and the log cabin revisited.
#SS74, softcover, 496 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This eleventh volume celebrates the rituals and recipes of Appalachia, featuring sections on the old homeplace, wild plant uses, planting and growing a garden, preserving food - pickling, smoking, and salting, as well as beekeeping and making honey, hunting stories, fishing, and more affairs of plain living.
#SS76, softcover, 314 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book - Faith, Family, and the Land
For four decades, Foxfire books have brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories and customs of Appalachia. Built around three basic values of Southern Appalachian life, Faith, Family, and the Land continues the Foxfire tradition, but in a unique way. Reminiscences of church, faith healing, and miracles; raisin', farming, and holidays; buying land, logging, and the mountains - elders' thoughts on these topics and "how things used to be" are related through direct quotes from the hundreds and hundreds of Foxfire contacts who have graciously shared their lives with Foxfire Magazine students since 1966. Filled with memories, lessons, advice, and even recipes, The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book is a tribute to four decades of Foxfire - to the contacts who shared their lives with the students who gathered the stories to pass on to the readers across the country and around the world - kindred spirits who treasure the simple, steadfast, and unique culture of Southern Appalachia.
#SS78, softcover, 505 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This second volume celebrates the rites and customs of Appalachia, featuring sections on ghost stories, spring wild plant foods, corn shuckins, spinning and weaving, midwives, granny women, old-time burial customs, witches and haints, and wagon making.
#SS67, softcover, 410 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This fourth volume celebrates the home life and creative heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on fiddle making, springhouses, horse trading, sassafras tea, berry buckets, knife making, wood carving, logging, cheese making, and gardening
#SS69, softcover, 496 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This sixth volume celebrates the playful and innovative heritage of Appalachia, featuring 100 toys and games, from bow and arrows to merry-go-rounds, flying jennys to puzzles, cornstalk fiddles to gourd banjos and song bows, and cucumber dolls, as well as wooden locks, shoemaking, and a water-powered sawmill.
#SS71, softcover, 510 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This eighth volume celebrates the artistic and skillful heritage of Appalachia, featuring sections on Southern folk pottery, from glazed snake jars to swirlware to flowerpots, pug mills, ash glazes, groundhog kilns, face jugs, churns, and roosters, as well as mule swapping and chicken fighting, breeding, and conditioning.
#SS73, softcover, 511 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
This tenth volume celebrates the heritage and history of Appalachia, featuring sections on old folklore, the role of railroads in Appalachian communities, boarding houses, building and technology from the Depression to the present, chairmaking, whirligigs, snake canes, and gourd art.
#SS75, softcover, 486 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
Reminiscences about square dancing and tales about traditional craftsmen who created useful items in the old-time ways. There are lessons on how to make rose beads and wooden caskets, and on how to find turtles in your local pond. Hear the voices of descendants of the Cherokee who lived in the region, and learn about what summer camp was like for generations of youngsters. Meet a rich assortment of Appalachian characters and listen to veterans recount their war experiences. Illustrated with photographs and drawings, Foxfire 12 is a rich trove of information and stories from the Southern Appalachian culture.
#SS77, softcover, 505 pages, B&W photos; $19.95
The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book - Singin', Praisin', Raisin'
The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book continues the beloved tradition of celebrating a simpler life, this time with a focus on Appalachian music, folk legends, and a history full of outsized personalities. We hear the encouraging life stories of banjo players, gospel singers, and bluegrass musicians who reminisce about their first time playing at the Grand Ole Opry; we shiver at the spine-tingling collection of tall tales, from ghosts born of long-ago crimes to rumors of giant catfish that lurk at the bottom of lakes and quarries; we recollect the Farm Family Program that sustained and educated Appalachian families for almost fifty years, through the Depression and beyond; and we learn the time-honored skills of those who came before, from building a sled to planting azaleas and braiding a leather bull-whip. Full of spirited narrative accounts and enduring knowledge, The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book is a piece of living history from a fascinating American culture.
#SS98, softcover, 528 pages, B&W photos; $19.95