Rescued Book: Foxfire 4

My wife Laurie works at a local public high school.  The library is thinning out their stacks and getting rid of the older books.  Since everyone in our family enjoys reading, Laurie (and our son Owen) have been going through the “decommissioned” books and bringing them home.  Some of the more fascinating books will be featured here as Rescued Books.  Come and enjoy the journey with me!  ~TH~

recued books - foxfire 4


This is a series of books that I have never heard of.  The series collects stories and day-to-day techniques for simple living- information collected by high school students.  From the Foxfire website we get this description:

With nearly 9 million copies in print, The Foxfire Book and its eleven companion volumes stand memorial to the people and the vanishing culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, brought to life for readers through the words of those who were born, lived their lives, and passed away there—words collected by high school students who wanted to be a part of their community and preserve their heritage. All 12 volumes in the regular series are anthologies of Foxfire Magazine articles written by Rabun County high school students over the magazine’s 40-year history, usually expanded through follow-up interviews and other research.”

The hardbound edition shown here is from 1977.  The books are still in publication. I don’t plan on taking up fiddle making anytime soon, but it’s certainly an interesting book to thumb through.  ~TH~

2 thoughts on “Rescued Book: Foxfire 4

  1. Ha! I remember the Foxfire series. My parents were homesteader wannabes and we had all kinds of literature like that in the house, some of which I still have (a complete set of “Mother Earth News” magazine from issue 1 in 1970 to sometime in the 1990’s). Great reading, and I often find useful tidbits worth knowing, even if you don’t plan on building your own house out of fallen deadwood and washing your clothes with soap rendered from animal fat and lye. 😀

    • Yeah, they are definitely fun to review. Our family has a number of survival books, but I doubt they’ll do ME any good until I’m actually forced to practice those disciplines. Hope it never comes to that! Thanks for reading — ~TH~

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