Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum in Asheville

Asheville’s Biltmore Homespun Museum is an amazing place for authentic history lessons on the early 1900s fabric industry.

Don’t judge the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum by its size. Though only one room, this incredible museum is packed with fascinating information on how the Biltmore Industries, an “Arts and Crafts” enterprise, grew into a historic industrial complex, producing the largest handwoven wool in the world.

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The museum is located in the Grovewood Village district, deep in the heart of Asheville. Adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn is set in a gorgeous forest, surrounded by mature pine trees in the fresh mountain air. A historic destination that once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. In addition, it showcases an antique 4-harness loom and memorabilia such as letters, artifacts, photographs, and machinery.

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The remarkable history lesson behind the museum began with Edith Vanderbilt’s craft education program. While interested in social progression and improving the lives of the poor youth in the Appalachian region, Eleanor Park Vance and Charlotte Louise Yale began teaching wood carving to young boys in the area.

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The Vanderbilts subsidized the craft education program, which became Biltmore Estate Industries. The workshops grew so much that men and women in the region could turn these simple crafts into their livelihood. In the early 1900s, Appalachian handwoven wool was legendary around the world. Biltmore Industries produced suits and dresses worn by some of the most famous American’s of the time, such as Henry Ford, First Lady Grace Coolidge and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

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The Biltmore Homespun Shops is an authentic arts and crafts complex right in history and culture. The Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum is open from April until December, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and admission is free.

 

 


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