Homeschoolers from Virginia and North Carolina gathered last week in Ashville, North Carolina, for the 11th Annual Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore, a special event co-sponsored by HEAV. Self-guided tours of the 250-room Biltmore home included the towering banquet hall, family and guest bedrooms, kitchens, and servants’ quarters. Homeschoolers viewed beautiful walled gardens, rolling fields, forests, and steams on the 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain estate.
Antler Hill Village–a one-of-a-kind structure designed by Richard Howland Hunt, son of Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt–was the setting for homeschool hands-on activities. Children made circle fans, party masks with jewels and feathers, tussie mussies, and puppets, among many other craft projects. They enjoyed petting farm animals, trying on period clothes, playing parlor games, taking part in old-fashioned cake walks, and viewing a model train set representing travel in the late 1800’s. America’s largest home had something for everyone–homeschoolers could even pet Cedric the Saint Bernard, a dog like one of three Saint Bernard pets that lived in the Biltmore home!