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The Legacy of John Cecil

Posted on 03/23/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(3)

Of all the romantic celebrations held on the estate, none has been quite as spectacular the April 29, 1924 wedding of Cornelia Vanderbilt to British diplomat John Francis Amherst Cecil. Hundreds...

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Solving a mystery in the Kitchen Pantry

Posted on 02/19/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(3)

Among the many place settings of china in the Biltmore collection, one set remained a mystery for many years. Often referred to as “the Christmas china” because it was used during a...

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Romance sparkles at Biltmore

Posted on 02/08/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(1)

In addition to celebrating the gorgeous costumes featured in our Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film exhibition, our winemakers have crafted Biltmore Estate Romance Sparkling Sec--a...

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A house full of guests

Posted on 12/28/2015 by Jean Sexton

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as a private retreat, and often invited family and friends to stay and enjoy all the estate offered. The Vanderbilts were noted for their gracious hospitality...

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Decanting Downton

Posted on 12/08/2015 by Jean Sexton

We know that George Vanderbilt was a thoughtful wine collector in his own right, and he also relied upon the services of professional wine purveyor Alexander Morten who was well-known for his...

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