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08.01.05 Students of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, The Foxfire Book and Foxfire 2 through 9, published 1973-1986.

Notes Concerning the Author

In 1966, Eliot Wigginton and his students in an English class at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, located in mountainous rural northern Georgia, initiated a project to engage students in writing.  The class decided to publish a magazine over the course of the semester.  Its articles were the product of the students’ interviewing their relatives and local citizens about lifestyles long before they (the students) had been born and long-ago traditions in their rural area of northern Georgia, which were commonplace in the southern mountains during and before the Great Depression.


First published in 1966, the magazine covers topics of the lifestyle, culture, crafts, and skills of people in southern Appalachia.  The content is written as a mixture of how-to information, first-person narratives, oral history, and folklore.

The Foxfire project has published Foxfire magazine continuously since 1966. In 1972, the first of the highly popular Foxfire books were published, which collected published articles as well as new material.  Both the magazine and books are based on the stories and life of elders and students, featuring advice and personal stories about subjects as wide-ranging as hog dressing, faith healing, blacksmithing, and Appalachian local and regional history.  Foxfire moved from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School to Rabun County High School in 1977.  The first 9 books are recommend, starting with the first.  The titles and publication dates are as follows:

  • The Foxfire Book, 1972
  • Foxfire 2, 1973
  • Foxfire 3, 1975
  • Foxfire 4, 1977
  • Foxfire 5, 1979
  • Foxfire 6, 1980
  • Foxfire 7, 1982
  • Foxfire 8, 1984
  • Foxfire 9, 1986

Availability of these Books

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