NC Homespun Museum
The North Carolina Homespun Museum presents a historical overview of Biltmore Industries and its internationally renowned wool cloth. Originally located in Biltmore Village, then relocated to North Asheville, this weaving industry had an important economic impact on the region from 1901 through the 1940’s. Demand for Biltmore Homespun even reached the White House and several foreign countries.
The museum showcases memorabilia including letters, artifacts, woven samples and tailored suits. Photographs depict highlights from the active years of the industry, beginning with its origin as a craft education program founded by Edith Vanderbilt, its growth under the well-connected Fred Seely, and its revitalization by Asheville businessman Harry Blomberg.
Visitors can also watch a 15 minute video on the history of Biltmore Industries and occasionally observe a weaving demonstration on an
antique 4-harness loom. Detailed History of Biltmore Industries
Museum Hours: April - December
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Winter Hours: January - March
University of North Carolina at Asheville
D.H. Ramsey Library
Special Collections/University Archives
Manuscript Register for Biltmore Industries Collection 1901-1980