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George Vanderbilt and his automobiles

Posted on 12/18/2014 by Judy Ross

Because Biltmore House had superb stables, we often think the Vanderbilts relied on horses and carriages for transportation throughout their lives. Certainly, when George Vanderbilt was born in...

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Whistler and Vanderbilt: an artist and his patron

Posted on 11/20/2014 by Judy Ross

George Vanderbilt was a knowledgeable art collector, acquiring both the classics—like tapestries from the 1500s—and works from contemporary artists of his time such as Renoir. For...

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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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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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