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

Posted on 08/25/2014 by Judy Ross

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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Two ceremonies in two days: the weddings of George and Edith Vanderbilt

Posted on 05/14/2014 by Judy Ross

In June 1898, George W. Vanderbilt and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser were married in Paris on June 1 and June 2. Why two ceremonies? The first was a civil service and the second was a religious ceremony,...

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