Brasstown, NC – Folk School & Opossum Drop

Brasstown is an unincorporated community in Clay & Cherokee Counties

Brasstown is a charming small town.  There is a post office and a few buildings.  In October the school has a festival/craft show that is not to be missed.  Everything is handcrafted and there are demonstrations of pottery, wood crafts, weaving, etc.

John C. Campbell Folk School – The Folk School has week-long and weekend classes year-round in traditional and contemporary arts, including blacksmithing, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, storytelling and writing. Notable buildings at the school include the Farm House (pre-1925), Keith House (1926-1928), Log House Museum (19th century, 1926), Mill House (1928), (Former) Milking Barn (now Pittman Blacksmith Shop, c. 1930), Hay Barn (1931), Tower House (1933), Rock House (c. 1932), and Hill House (c. 1932)

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
STORE – WITH HANDCRAFTED ITEMS
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
inside of store
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
PLAQUE BY STORE

Clay’s Corner Store – The Opossum Drop is an annual event at Clay’s Corner store. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, they drop a plexiglass box containing a living opossum is lowered from the roof of the store. The animal is lowered carefully to prevent the occurrence of injury or trauma. Federal and state animal permits are obtained in advance, and the opossum is released afterwards. For the 2014 New Year’s Eve celebration, the organizers of the event acceded to criticism from animal rights groups and announced they would instead drop “a roadkill opossum or perhaps a pot of opossum stew.  I checked the website and the opossum drop is still going on.   11005 Old Hwy 64 – clayscorner.com

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
CLAY’S CORNER STORE

LG Designs – jewelry, jewelry repair, art, mixed media – 10936 Old Hwy 64

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Silva Gallery – paintings, kudzu baskets, pottery, gourds and mosaics. 10956 Old Hwy 64

River’s Rim Studio & Gallery – Watercolors, oils, alcohol ink paintings, jewelry and wood carvings by Teri Jones.  10950 Old Hwy 64

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
SILVA GALLERY & RIVER’S RIM STUDIO

Hill Gallery and Working Studio – art gallery and gift shop – 139 Emily Ln (on the hill above Silva Gallery)

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Smoke in the Mountains Pottery – face jugs, bowls, pitchers, sponge holders, egg separators, and more.  Rob uses a wood kiln that needs to be stoked with wood every 3-5 minutes for seventy hours straight. 146 Jenkins Branch Rd.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
SMOKE IN THE MOUNTAINS POTTERY