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Updating the Vanderbilts’ 1904 Thanksgiving menu

Posted on 11/18/2013 by Judy Ross

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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Sitting Pretty—A Naturally Stunning Floral Arrangement

Posted on 10/19/2013 by Holly Clark

Biltmore Floral Displays designer Molly Hensley is a member of the team who helps bring Christmas to life in America’s largest home. “We work on Christmas plans and projects all year,...

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