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Cornelia’s birthday celebrations continue

Posted on 08/19/2014

As Cornelia Vanderbilt grew older, her birthday parties became grand events. Her twenty-first birthday on August 22, 1921 began with a surprise gathering of 250 estate workers and tenants at 7 a.m....

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Happy Birthday, Cornelia Vanderbilt

Posted on 08/06/2014 by Jean Sexton Comments(1)

On August 22, 1900 George and Edith Vanderbilt welcomed the arrival of their only child—a daughter—who was born in the grand Louis XV Bedroom in Biltmore House. She was named Cornelia...

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Camping in Pisgah Forest, circa 1901

Posted on 07/18/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(2)

Summertime in the mountains brings to mind thoughts of hiking trails, wading in clear creeks, and visiting a waterfall or two—sometimes all on the same excursion. Just as many of us do today,...

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Two ceremonies in two days: the weddings of George and Edith Vanderbilt

Posted on 05/14/2014 by Judy Ross

In June 1898, George W. Vanderbilt and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser were married in Paris on June 1 and June 2. Why two ceremonies? The first was a civil service and the second was a religious ceremony,...

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Vanderbilt Tea Traditions

Posted on 05/09/2014 by Jean Sexton

Although "taking tea" often seems like a formal affair, our records show that tea time at America's largest home wasn’t always regimented. “We have photos with the Vanderbilts and...

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