The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Biltmore Industries
Homespun Museum

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Located near to the Grove Park Inn  in Grovewood Village is the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum.  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 menís and womenís 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.

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Website: Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum
Address: 111 Grovewood Rd., Asheville, NC 28804
Telephone: 828-253-7651
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed January thru March.
Fees: None
Allow: One hour
Of Note: Historic Biltmore Industries Cottage, listed in National Register of Historic Places.
Nearby: Grove Park Inn
Directions: From I-240 take Exit 5B. North on Charlotte Street. Right on Macon Avenue to Grove Park Inn. Museum is in Homespun Shops area behind the inn, opposite the Vanderbilt wing garage.



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