The Cradle of Forestry in America historic site will begin the 2019 season on April 6

The Cradle of Forestry’s living history demonstrators and crafters will bring the Pink Beds community along the Cradle’s Biltmore Campus Trail to life by re-creating an early 1900’s community busy at work and play. Guests can visit the cozy King House to smell the wonderful aromas of open-hearth cooking, help with laundry without the modern conveniences, talk with blacksmiths as they work their trade, visit Mr. Jenny in the old general store and enjoy traditional music and dancing. Visitors can find crafters including wood working, broom making, sweet potato carving, horse plowing, and blacksmithing. The Cradle’s Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration is a fun annual event.

David and Diane Burnette from Haywood County will demonstrate how their Percheron draft horses work the land the old way. Weather permitting, they will plow the Cradle’s heritage garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail and teach a skill that was once familiar to many. All ages will enjoy the chance to plow the old way with them!

The Cradle of Forestry will be open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., from April 6 – November 10,2019. At various times during the season, living history volunteers will demonstrate traditional crafts, music, and blacksmithing. The Giving Tree Gift Shop at the Cradle offers many of their creations as well as forest related books, maps, gifts and snacks. The Café at the Cradle will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A full schedule of events is planned in 2019 including Cradle Community BioBlitz on April 27, May the Forest be with You on May 4, the Songcatchers Music Series Sunday afternoons in July, and Forest Festival Day on October 5. Visit for the full event schedule, details and updates on interpretive programs and exhibits.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $6.00 general admission, $3 for youth 4-12 years old and all federal pass holders such as America the Beautiful and Golden Age. Admission is free for children under 4.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130.


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