This museum presents a historical overview of Biltmore Industries and its internationally renowned wool cloth. 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, 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.
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.