History Tours

Grovewood Village is housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries - an Arts and Crafts enterprise founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. At the height of its success in the late 1920s, 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.

Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April – December.  Tours include 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 HomespunTours last approximately 45 minutes and operate on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Maximum 25 people per tour. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum.

TOURS ARE FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. 

We gladly offer private group tours for a fee (please schedule at least one week in advance).

Please Note: The 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.