A Legacy of Learning

George Vanderbilt’s quest for knowledge was a lifelong passion, and his legacy of learning continues today at Biltmore. We offer programs for students, including experiential educational, Biltmore House tours, and a homeschool festival.


Hands-on Learning at the Barn

Antler Hill Barn is a unique structure designed by Richard Howland Hunt, son of Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt. In the early 1900s, it stabled draft horses and mules; provided storage for hay, grain, and farm equipment; and housed the smithy and other work areas. The Barn also served as a social gathering place for the families of estate workers who called Biltmore home.

Today, the Barn serves as a venue for experiential educational programs linked to the NC Standard Course of Study. Students can learn about farm life, explore the technological features of the Barn, and interact with animals in the Farmyard. Curriculum varies and may include Social Studies, Science, Math, English Language Arts, Information Skills, Healthy Living, and Visual Arts.

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Biltmore House Guided Tours for Students

Biltmore House and its treasures have inspired guests—including thousands of students—for more than 100 years. Through our educational programs, we are pleased to share what it was like to live, visit, and work at Biltmore during George Vanderbilt’s day. Our informative and engaging programs make use of storytelling, historic artifacts, and period materials. All of our programs follow National Common Core Standards, are age and grade appropriate, and are designed to reinforce the classroom curriculum.

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Higher Education

Discover the legacy of George Vanderbilt and Biltmore with a self-guided day visit and audio tour. Then enhance your studies with a specialty tour focusing on areas including Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary, Interior Design & Historical Restoration, Art, Architecture & Construction, Horticulture, Field to Table, Forestry, Agriculture, and Farming.

Don’t forget to ask about these other options:
Accommodation packages
Lunch & Dinner
Team-building activities
Outdoor activities such as rafting, biking, and horseback riding
Alumni specials

You can also create your own special event with a customized experience. For more information and reservations, please call Jeff Ralls at 828-225-1384 or email.

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Plan Your Visit

Download the Education Programs Guide and start planning your visit.