Historic Arts & Crafts Destination in Asheville to Offer Regular History Tours Wednesday - Saturday Starting April 1, 2017
ust across the street from the Omni Grove Park Inn lies a destination unlike any other: Grovewood Village, housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries - a groundbreaking enterprise in the
history of American craft and textiles, with ties to George and Edith Vanderbilt, Edwin Wiley Grove, and Fred Loring Seely. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country, worn by U.S. presidents, first ladies, and many American icons. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday Saturday at 1pm during April – December.The tour includes a visit to the historic Dye House in Grovewood Village (usually closed to the public), where the original looms, carding machines, mule spinners, and dye vats used to make Biltmore Handwoven Homespun can still be viewed.
BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE TRAIL As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can find six of the 70 interpretive signs that are on the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Words and photographs tell an illuminating story about each site and highlight aspects of the region’s natural and cultural heritage including Cherokee, traditional music, agriculture, craft, and the natural scenic beauty of the NC Blue Ridge mountains. Heritage Trail signs can also be found in communities adjacent to the Parkway and in cities, towns and rural areas throughout the region. Download a trail map brochure and learn more at
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are geared towards adults. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum 25 people per tour. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, next door to Grovewood Gallery. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Biltmore Industries’ home at Grovewood Village. A centennial celebration will take place Saturday, June 17 from 12 - 5pm, which will include a special exhibition of fiber art by 7 regional weavers, artist demonstrations, guided history tours, a cake cutting ceremony, and a historical presentation by Bruce Johnson (2pm) - Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn since 1988. For more information, call 828.253.7651 or visit www.grovewood.com.
Grovewood Village Grovewood Village is a privately owned historic Asheville destination located adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn. Biltmore Industries began at this site in 1917 and became the largest producer of handwoven wool in the world by 1930. The 11-acre campus includes Grovewood Gallery, 9 working artist studios, a sculpture garden, Golden Fleece restaurant, and Asheville’s only antique car museum. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.