The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown is known primarily for its instruction in handcrafts, particularly wood-carving. Campbell went to college in Massachusetts and worked as a teacher in Alabama and Tennessee, and later served as president of Piedmont College in North Georgia. His work in rural Southern communities convinced him that schools were not preparing students to remain in their communities. While traveling through western North Carolina with his wife, Campbell heard about folk schools in Denmark and came to believe an adaptation of these schools would work well in the Southern mountains. Campbell died suddenly in 1919 but his wife continued his work, visiting the schools in Denmark and other European countries and locating a site on which to build his school. Brasstown was chosen and a merchant there, Fred O. Scroggs, gave ninety acres of land including a farmhouse which is still in use today.