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The Right Thing at the Right Time: A Philanthropic Legacy

Posted on 11/07/2016 by Amy Dangelico

Biltmore forester Carl Schenck once wrote: “Personally, I can say that Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt detest publicity, preferring to do the right thing at the right time without beating a drum...

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The Emperor’s Chess Set

Posted on 10/23/2016 by Amy Dangelico

Some people have a knack for choosing the perfect gift. On George Vanderbilt’s 21st birthday, his friend James McHenry proved to be one of those people. The railroad financier’s gift...

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The Banquet Hall Tree: A Christmas at Biltmore Tradition

Posted on 10/21/2016 by Amy Dangelico Comments(1)

The 35-foot-tall Fraser fir selected for the Banquet Hall each year is always the tallest tree inside Biltmore House. Adorned with hundreds of lights and ornaments, the towering tree is a beloved...

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A Romantic Legacy

Posted on 10/04/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(3)

William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, the younger son of Cornelia and John F. A. Cecil, was born at Biltmore in 1928. He attended schools in England and Switzerland before serving in the British Navy....

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Preserving the Legacy of Cornelia’s “Baby Tree”

Posted on 09/26/2016 by Amy Dangelico

George and Edith Vanderbilt welcomed the arrival their first and only child—a daughter named Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt—in the late summer of 1900. In October of that year, a...

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