history

History Tours

April – November: Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm

Tours are not offered December – March or on Thanksgiving Day.

A Rich Craft Heritage

Grovewood Village is housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale.

At the height of its success in the late 1920s – under the direction of Fred Loring Seely – Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation producing bolts of some of the finest handwoven wool fabric in the country. Orders were shipped as far as China and Uruguay, and customers included the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Helen Keller, and several U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Tour Details

Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm during April – November. Your tour includes a visit to our historic Dye House (usually closed to the public), where you’ll peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum next door to Grovewood Gallery.

TOURS ARE FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated and help preserve an important piece of Asheville’s history.

Private Group Tours

We gladly offer private group tours for a fee (recommended for parties of 10 or more). These tours offer the exact same experience as the public tours, only in a private setting. Contact us for rates, and please schedule your group tour at least one week in advance so we can arrange to have the proper staff in place.

Please Note

Our historic Dye House (Biltmore Industries’ production facility) is not handicap accessible or heated. Warm attire on cold days and comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.

“Just ten minutes north of downtown Asheville you can discover a local treasure tucked away in a charming neighborhood. Grovewood Village is a part of Asheville’s history, with ties to Vanderbilt and Grove, as well as a present day destination for wonderful art and fine craft. It’s a memorable place!”

— Sherry Masters, Owner of Art Connections