Located in the heart of Grovewood Village, this museum presents a historical overview of Biltmore Industries - a unique Arts and Crafts enterprise founded in 1901 by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. The museum showcases an antique 4-harness loom and memorabilia such as letters, artifacts, and photographs depicting highlights from the active years of the industry.
Originally located in Biltmore Village, just outside of the famous Biltmore Estate, this Arts & Crafts enterprise began as a woodcarving class for the sons of Biltmore Estate workers. Supported financially by George and Edith Vanderbilt, strong supporters of mountain art and craft, the Industries soon grew to include the weaving of homespun cloth and the building of handmade furniture. In 1917, the business was sold to Fred Loring Seely (designer and first manager of The Grove Park Inn) and relocated to where Grovewood Village is housed today. Gradually, the original emphasis on woodcarving and woodworking gave way to the weaving of homespun cloth for men’s and women’s suits. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country.
Visitors can learn more about the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April - December.
Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Monday - Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
*The Homespun Museum is closed January – March.