17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival

"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage" in Franklin, North Carolina

Saturday, August 19, 2023 • Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center


Driving Directions to Franklin, NC


Franklin, North Carolina is located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We're located just over two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia and an hour west of Asheville, NC.
From Asheville, NC:

Take I-40 West to Exit 27 (23 South/74 West). Follow to Exit 81 (U.S. 441/23 South). Approximately 65 miles.

From Atlanta, GA:

Follow I-85 North to I-985. Left on I-985 which becomes 23/365 North. 23/365 becomes 23/441 North. Follow to Franklin. Approximately 125 miles.

From Greenville, SC:

Follow US 123 South to Westminster. Turn right onto US76 West toward Clayton, GA. Turn right at GA15/US441/US 76. Follow into Franklin, NC. Stay straight on U.S. 441 Business.

From Knoxville, TN:

I-40 East to Exit 20 (Hwy 276 South). Stay on 276 until reaching 23/74 South. Follow to Exit 81 (U.S. 441/23 South). Approximately 130 miles.



Where to Stay & Things To Do


Planning to stay the weekend with us in Franklin, NC? The below links will guide you to great resources to find accommodations to suit your needs.

Town of Franklin NC


Folk Heritage Association of Macon County LogoFolk 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

Historic Cowee School LogoCowee 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.

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A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage

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