Opening Day at the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian culture and heritage from the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Journey back in time and visit a small 1900’s mountain community. Explore how people of the day worked and played along our historic Biltmore Campus Trail. Interact with demonstrators that will be bringing the community to life with working draft horses, open hearth cooking, laundry, blacksmithing, traditional music and games.
What to Do:
During our Opening Day celebration you can:
- Help plow our garden in the traditional way with the help of friendly draft horses.
- Mingle with living history demonstrators and crafters who bring Appalachian culture to life in our historic buildings along the Biltmore Campus Trail.
- Listen and dance to traditional music.
- Enjoy the paved, pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible trails, as well as in-door exhibit hall, film, scavenger hunts, and more.
What kind of crafts will I see?
Details about old time plowing:
David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses have been plowing our heritage vegetable garden for many years now, weather permitting. The Burnettes are skilled heritage agriculturalists who can be seen around western N.C. giving blacksmithing demonstrations, banjo playing, or making molasses. All ages will enjoy the chance to plow the old way with them!
Are you a regular visitor of the Cradle of Forestry in America? Purchase a Friends of the Cradle annual membership in the gift shop for you or the family and receive free entrance to the site.