After passing through the beautiful art tucked all throughout the grounds, we entered Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum. Homespun is a tiny one-room museum within Grovewood Village. The museum tells the fascinating story of Biltmore Industries.
Once inside we learned how it got its start as a craft education program backed by Edith Vanderbilt. It then went on to become one of the largest producers of handwoven wool in the world.
At one time, Biltmore was running a total of 40 looms. And it was producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country. Biltmore has a heritage of many elites throughout history wearing its fabric. A few of great note are Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Keller. Grace Coolidge, even had her own signature Biltmore Homespun Coolidge Red yarn.
A highpoint for me during the visit was watching the short film on its history and seeing the photographs that tell its story. I came away wanting to know more about the process and more about Edith Vanderbilt.
Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum is located in Asheville North Carolina at 111 Grovewood Rd. Admission to the museum is free, as is admission to the Antique Car Museum next door.
April – November visitors can learn more about Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour offered at 1 pm Wednesday – Saturday. Tours are free and open to 25 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour also includes a visit to the historic Dye House.
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
*January – March the Homespun Museum is closed as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.