Across Appalachia

Fifty Years of Foxfire Magazine

Date: December 14, 2016

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Foxfire Magazine, named for the bioluminescent fungus that grows on decaying wood, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in rural Georgia started the magazine in 1966. A high school English class decided to create a magazine featuring stories about Southern Appalachia. Foxfire has been thriving ever since.

Many of the stories focus on the pioneer days in Southern Appalachia, and how this era helped to define the culture of the community today.

The magazine is published twice each year by students at Rabun County High School. The magazine became so successful that anthologies of stories are published in multiple Foxfire books. — Tristin Van Ord

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