Peer into Doc W. Cudd, Jr.'s past, and you'll discover there has been at least one blacksmith in his family for 400 years. "I didn't have any choice as to what I was going to be," he says with a smile. Doc creates wrought iron reproduction pieces of the original ironwork found throughout the house. He preaches blacksmithing to anyone who lends an ear in his shop, one of the newly restored areas of Biltmore's 1902 Historic Horse Barn.
The complex also features a woodworker, antique farm equipment exhibits, and a farmyard full of heirloom chickens, lambs, calves, and Belgian draft horses.
Left: Walk the paths south of Biltmore's Gardens, and you'll discover the serenity of the Bass Pond.