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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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Backyard chickens—in a 8,000-acre backyard!

Posted on 09/05/2014 by Judy Ross

Chicken farming in your backyard is growing in popularity around the country as more people get interested in heirloom breeds and fresh eggs. Biltmore also has its own backyard chicken farm,...

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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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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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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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