Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage"
in Franklin, North Carolina
The 17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” held on August 19, 2023, will be the last one organized by co-sponsors FHAMC and Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.
The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County plans to host/co-host “mini” events throughout 2024 to focus on specific themes centered around heritage demonstrations and music (especially education elements), continue our sponsorship and involvement with the Women’s History Trail projects and connect with other similar organizations’ events to provide living history experiences and hands-on activities to promote our heritage.
Thank you for your interest and we'll be updating information as it becomes available!
If you have further questions, please call (828) 369-4080.
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Thank You to Our Sponsors
The 17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival is co-presented by The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with grateful appreciation to the many volunteers who made it happen!
Thank you to these businesses and organizations for their support:
Cowee Community Development Organization, Cowee Baptist Church, Snowhill UMC, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Cowee Fire Department, Macon County Transit, Tony Angel Media, Teen Challenge, New Century Scholars (Pam Collins), Macon County Board of Education, Town of Franklin, Macon County Government, Junaluskee Masonic Lodge & Smoky Mountain Shrine Club, LBJ Job Corp, 1st Presbyterian Church – Franklin, Macon County 4-H, Macon County Farm Bureau, and the Arts Council of Macon County.
A very special thank you to the heritage demonstrators who are the heart and soul of this festival!
Folk Heritage Association of Macon County
The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) is dedicated to preserving and sharing the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains through "living history" experiences.
In this world of instant gratification and communication, unique and important lessons can be learned from the lives of those whose survival depended on ingenuity, hard work, and mutual help and support from their neighbors.More About the FHAMC
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center
The purpose of Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center is to promote the teaching and preservation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Southern Appalachians and Cherokee people and to serve as a community resource and gathering place.
The former public school is located in the Cowee-West's Mill National Register Historic District and is among the richest in the nation.More About Cowee School