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Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum

111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC
(828) 253-7651
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April – December: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm. Sunday: 11am – 5pm
The Homespun Museum is closed January – March
and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

A Handmade Legacy

Located in the heart of Grovewood Village, this humble one-room museum tells the fascinating story of Biltmore Industries. Learn how this Arts and Crafts enterprise – originally backed by Edith Vanderbilt – grew from a small start as a craft education program to become one of the largest producers of handwoven wool in the world.

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.

A brief history of Biltmore Industries

ADMISSION IS FREE

“Both of us greatly admire your excellent taste in patterns, and we are looking forward with pleasure to wearing the fine suits which we will have made from this handsome material.”

— Richard Nixon, June 8, 1957

“Every time I touch the soft, beautiful tweed (I chose it myself) it will conjure up rich memories. Long may you and Biltmore Industries foster the art to produce strong, handsome fabrics that is the honor and the ideal of workmanship!”

— Helen Keller, June 10, 1945

“I am still wearing a coat made from your men’s overcoating, which I purchased ten years ago, and still the material shows no wear.”

— Florence C.S., Ocean City, NJ, July 25, 1938

“I like your cloth very much and as you know have four suits made of it. The only thing I can say is that it lasts too long for you to get many repeat orders.”

— A Satisfied Customer, July, 1933

Take a Guided History Tour

Want to delve deeper into the history of Biltmore Industries? Then join us for a docent-led tour, offered every Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm during April – November. Your tour starts at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum and includes a visit to our historic Dye House (usually closed to the public).

Tours are free (yes, free!) and open to 25 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take reservations.

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