Antler Hill Village Story Ideas
Sometimes being old-fashioned isn’t a bad thing, especially when it comes to family fun. Antler Hill Village offers a chance for families to reconnect and slow down with an array of great offerings. Test your coordination with the game of graces and jump rope, or play dress-up with the toy trunk at Antler Hill Barn. Continue the journey back in time by climbing aboard our antique tractor for a fun photo opportunity. Hands-on fun is the rule at the Farmyard, where everyone can learn more about farm life from estate experts. Pet our friendly draft horses, hold a fluffy chick, and meet our curious goats. Young ones can run and play to their hearts’ content at the Pisgah Playground, which features a central lookout, rock formations for climbing and a small lagoon. The Land Rover Kids Course lets little ones “drive” on a specially designed course and try their hand at off-road adventures. When quiet time beckons, adults and youngsters alike can relax at the Village Green. Seasonal live music from the bandstand and ice cream from the nearby Creamery provide the perfect excuse to lie back in the grass and enjoy the scenery.
Doc Cudd, Biltmore’s resident blacksmith, is more than just a friendly craft demonstrator. He’s a skilled artist carrying on an ancient tradition. The owner of a successful ironworks business at home, blacksmithing is literally in his blood. “There has been at least one or two blacksmiths in my family for the past 427 years,” says Doc. “Even when I was a child, I always wanted to hammer on something.” Doc’s outgoing personality and grace at demonstrating various blacksmithing techniques make him a guest favorite. He has a collection of more than 150 photographs that guests have sent him commemorating their Antler Hill Village visit. While a typical day on the estate is spent demonstrating different blacksmithing techniques, you’ll also find him replicating and repairing mechanical parts for the estate. “I’ve replicated Biltmore House’s window locks, repaired the original lock at the Lodge Gate, and repaired estate carriages and farm equipment,” says Doc.