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A Child’s Joy at Christmas

Posted on 11/25/2013 by Jean Sexton

When asked how she sums up all the months of planning and preparation, all the glittering decorations adorning the trees, all the lights, and all the passion she puts into her work, Simone Bush,...

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Updating the Vanderbilts’ 1904 Thanksgiving menu

Posted on 11/18/2013 by Judy Ross Comments(1)

Thanksgiving is a food-focused holiday; a tradition as true today as it was in 1904 when George and Edith Vanderbilt celebrated the day with a multi-course dinner. In the Biltmore Archives, a...

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A Designer’s Plan for Christmas

Posted on 11/11/2013 by Jean Sexton Comments(2)

For more than 20 years, Gloria Brank has been decorating Biltmore House for Christmas. In her role as Floral Department Supervisor, she’s also instrumental in organizing the design and...

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Inspired By A Song

Posted on 11/06/2013 by Jean Sexton

“I guess I’m just not a poinsettia person,” Lucinda Ledford said, “nor an amaryllis person, either. That’s why I went in for so many roses.” Lucinda’s...

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The Making of Christmas at Biltmore

Posted on 10/28/2013 by Leeann Donnelly Comments(1)

Each year at this time, signs of Christmas start to show up around the estate. A tree here, a beautiful wreath there....all magically appear for guests to enjoy. But behind all of this magic is a...

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