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Welcoming Edith Vanderbilt to her new home

Posted on 10/13/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(5)

Edith Dresser Vanderbilt was just 25 years old when she arrived at Biltmore on October 1, 1898 following her marriage to George Vanderbilt. The couple, who wed in Paris, enjoyed a three-month honeymoon in Europe before travelling to Asheville where Edith caught her first glimpse of her new home.

floral archThe arrival of the newlyweds was celebrated all around Biltmore; employees and their families lined estate roads to greet the Vanderbilts. Festivities continued into the night with fireworks and music in front of Biltmore House. 

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Top: The Asheville Daily Citizen reported that estate employees gathered at the arch, “…representatives from the agricultural departments of the estate were massed, each group bearing a device typical of their labor.” Dairy workers wore white suits and led Jersey calves by their halters, while employees of the Biltmore Nursery tossed flowers as the couple passed by in a carriage.

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It was a warm welcome as estate employees constructed this dramatic floral arch celebrating George and Edith Vanderbilt’s arrival at Biltmore on October 1, 1898 for the first time since their wedding.


 

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Posted on 12/09/2014 By Erica M

Would it ever be possible to be able to view the whole house as is? I am a huge fan of the gilded age and would love to just see the whole house !

Posted on 11/06/2014 By sbell

Yes! Some members of the Cecil and Pickering family live on the estate itself, and many still have a very active role in estate operations.

Posted on 11/01/2014 By Amu S

Do any of the Vanderbilt's or their relatives visit the estate still today?

Posted on 10/29/2014 By sbell

Yes. When the home first opened to the public, the tour was not nearly as large or detailed as you see today so a few of family members still lived in sectioned-off areas of the home.

Posted on 10/16/2014 By scott s

I have heard that the Vanderbilt family kept part of the house as a private residence for many years after turning it into a tourist attraction. Is that true? If so, can you give any details?

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