A must stop for antique car buffs is located just a few miles from downtown Asheville in the "Grovewood" complex behind Grove Park Inn, so there is much to see! Browse the impressive Grovewood Gallery, stroll through the garden with unique sculptures, tour The Homespun Museum, and visit with artists in Grovewood Studios.
The Estes-Winn Car Museum is free of charge; however, donations in the "Wishing Well" are greatly appreciated and go to benefit several non-profit organizations. See rare and vintage automobiles, as well as original horse-drawn carriages and Asheville's own American La France fire engine. The cars have been preserved in their mostly original and running condition.
Open April-December, Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. The museum is closed during the winter months of January-March. See more antique cars and a huge motorcycle collection at Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley.
Directions: From I-240 in downtown Asheville, take Exit 5B. North on Charlotte Street. Right on Macon Avenue to Grove Park Inn. Museum is in Grovewood area behind the hotel, opposite the Vanderbilt wing garage. Street Address: 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville. Phone: 828-253-7651.
Here is a sampling of the Antique Car Collection that you will see:
- 1913 Ford-Model "T"-Touring (Tin Lizzie) • 1915 Ford-Model "T"-Touring (Copperhead)
- 1916 Willys Overland-Touring • 1922 R.E.O. "Flying Cloud"-Touring
- 1925 Dodge Brothers-4 Door-Touring • 1926 Cadillac-7 Passenger Limo
- 1927 LaSalle Phaeton-4 Door • 1928 Pontiac-4 Door Sedan
- 1928 Chandler-4 Door Sedan • 1929 Ford Model "A"-Coupe w-rumble seat
- 1929 Chevrolet-4 Door Sedan • 1932 Chevrolet Business Coupe
- 1940 Packard "120" Coupe • 1940 Buick "Century"-4 Door Sedan.
- 1950 M.G. "TD" Roadster • 1955 Cadillac-4 Door Sedan
- 1957 Cadillac Eldorado • 1959 Ford Edsel-2 Door Corsair
- 1922 American LaFrance-Type 20 Fire Truck
The Homespun Museum
The North Carolina Homespun Museum is located next door to the Antique Car Museum. It presents a historical overview of Biltmore Industries and its internationally renowned wool cloth. Inside the museum, photographs depict important events from Biltmore Industries history, including its origin in 1901 by Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale, through its growth under Fred Seely, and to its revitalization by Harry Blomberg. The museum showcases memorabilia such as letters, photographs, and tailored suits made from Homespun fabric. There’s also a 15 minute video on the history of Biltmore Industries, and Harold Capps continues to demonstrate the weaving process on one of the 60 year old 4-harness looms.
The North Carolina Homespun Museum is free of charge and open Monday - Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. The museum is closed during the winter months of January - March.