Virtual Tours

Preservation Society Historic Homes Tours

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County typically hosts an afternoon house tour featuring homes of interest to collectors attending the National Arts and Crafts Conference. This year is anything but typical, so the Preservation Society is planning a virtual home tour as one of their critical fund raisers.

One advantage of an online home tour is that we will be able to virtually walk through homes which are not accessible by bus. Right now we are still lining up homes and making plans for the online videos which will become a part of the 2021 National Arts and Crafts Conference.

Many thanks for your support!

Bruce Johnson

Chairperson, Education Committee for the Preservation Society

The Historic Grove Park Inn

Historian Bruce Johnson has recorded a walking tour of the 1913 Grove Park Inn which will be available to registered conference attendees during the entire month of February. As the author of four books relating to the Grove Park Inn, Bruce will provide personal insight into the architectural design of the structure, as well as to the original furnishings from the Roycrofters, the Heywood-Wakefield Company, and the White Furniture Company.

Biltmore Industries: An Arts and Crafts Enterprise Since 1917

Founded in 1905 as an Arts and Crafts endeavor, Biltmore Estate Industries moved next door to the Grove Park Inn in 1917. The new owner, Fred Seely, the designer and general manager of the Grove Park Inn, shortened the name to Biltmore Industries and constructed five Arts and Crafts buildings to house the woodworkers and weavers under his direction. Historian Tom Anders has recorded a walking tour of the Biltmore Industries, which includes behind-the-scenes views and stories, as well as information on Roycroft furniture and lighting fixtures in place since 1917.

Virtual tours of the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Industries are included with each Conference Events Pass.