The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to a bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library and Allanstand Craft Shop. Allanstand, the nation?s oldest craft shop, was started by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich in 1895. Beginning in March, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the lobby.