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Welcoming Edith Vanderbilt to her new home

Posted on 10/13/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(5)

Edith Dresser Vanderbilt was just 25 years old when she arrived at Biltmore on October 1, 1898 following her marriage to George Vanderbilt. The couple, who wed in Paris, enjoyed a three-month...

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More than souvenirs: George Vanderbilt’s 1892 trip to Japan

Posted on 09/15/2014 by Judy Ross Comments(2)

Like most of us, George Vanderbilt purchased souvenirs to remind him of the places he visited. Unlike us, he had a 250-room home under construction with plenty of space for accessories! It’...

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Guastavino’s architectural influence in Asheville

Posted on 09/03/2014 by Judy Ross

When Spanish architect Raphael Guastavino came to the U.S. in 1881, he already had a reputation for creating grand arches, domes, and vaults in Europe. Within a few years, his work caught the...

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Richard Sharp Smith’s architectural legacy in Western North Carolina

Posted on 08/27/2014 by Judy Ross

Tracing the spread of Biltmore’s architectural influence in Western North Carolina begins—naturally enough—with George Vanderbilt. He brought favorite family architect Richard...

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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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