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 dozens of programs for students, including experiential educational, customized Biltmore House tours, and a homeschool festival.

Hands-on Learning at the Barn

Antler Hill Barn is a one-of-a-kind 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 North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Students can learn about farm life, explore the unique technological features of the Barn, and interact with animals in the Farmyard. Curriculum varies according to program and grade and may include:

  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Math
  • English Language Arts
  • Information Skills
  • Healthy Living
  • Visual Arts


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 with focus areas including Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary, Interior Design & Historical Restoration, Art, Architecture & Construction, Horticulture, Field to Table, Forestry, Agriculture, and Farming.

And 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 Kathleen Bartlett at 828-225-1409 or email her now.

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