The Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center

The Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center marries the Southern ways of good food, local brews, friends and family and the joy of making memories. Held each year during the first weekend of autumn, guests spend the day exploring the sprawling 33 acre campus and learning how Southerners prepared for the changing of the seasons in years past. With a cool crisp feeling in the air, attendees experienced and participated in an assortment of activities.

Glory Bell demonstrates cornhusk doll making.

Peanuts are boiling on the fire while the okra and collard greens are cut and ready for cooking.

Vegetables are pickled and preserved for winter meals.
The heart of the festival took place at the Atlanta History Center's 1860s Smith Family Farm where festival-goers of all ages found enjoyable, engaging activities that provided a thorough explanation of the fall harvest and preparation for the colder months ahead – before the invention of central heat.

We know that food just seems to taste better in the South, thus attendees were treated to garden tours as well as cooking and preserving demonstrations that showcased our region’s foods. Woodworking and blacksmithing activities illustrated not only the necessity of these skills during the 1860s, but also the creativity that went into shaping the materials into useful everyday tools.

The blacksmith heats the iron before forging a gate pin.

A woodworker's bench.
Highlights of the festival can be seen by clicking the link below:

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.