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Cows and sheep and donkeys, oh my!  Maintaining a working farm at Biltmore

Posted on 08/25/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(1)

The animals you see grazing when you drive through Biltmore are not just decorative—they play a major role in continuing George Vanderbilt’s vision of a self-sustaining, working estate....

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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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Lucas Jack and Biltmore’s Rose Garden

Posted on 07/10/2014 by Judy Ross

If you are the resident expert for a historic garden like Biltmore’s Rose Garden, people might assume that’s your favorite spot in the estate’s 8,000 acres. But the location...

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Cornelia Vanderbilt’s wedding—it’s all in the details

Posted on 04/28/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(3)

Our focus on Biltmore weddings continues with a look at Cornelia Vanderbilt’s wedding 90 years ago on April 29, 1924. Many people say that the success of an elaborate event lies in the...

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“Cupid’s Richest Captive”—George Vanderbilt’s engagement

Posted on 04/25/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(1)

The April 1898 announcement of George Vanderbilt’s engagement to Edith Stuyvesant Dresser was a leading topic in newspapers of the era. At age 36 and the only unmarried son of William Henry...

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