Learn more about the people, places, and times related to the Vanderbilt family and Biltmore.
Museums and Attractions
Explore the Vanderbilt mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Discover other Vanderbilt-related properties, and learn about mansions from the Gilded Age.
- Flagler Museum
- Newport Mansions
- Shelburne Farms
- Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
- The Vanderbilt Museum, New York
Learn more about the history of forestry and see the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest as it celebrates forestry conservation—a discipline that originated at Biltmore.
Biltmore and the Vanderbilt Family
Here's a helpful list of books about the history of the estate and the family who built it. Learn about the period, the architecture, the lifestyles, and more.
Auchincloss, Louis. The Vanderbilt Era: Profiles of a Gilded Age. New York: Charles
Scribner’s Sons, 1989.
Auchincloss, Louis. The Vanderbilts and the Gilded Age. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.
Andrews, Wayne. The Vanderbilt Legend. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1941.
Baker, Paul. Richard Morris Hunt. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1980.
Balsan, Consuelso Vanderbilt. The Glitter and the Gold. Maidston, County of Kent, Great Britain: George Mann Books, 1953.
Brendel-Pandich, Suzanne and Dodds, Dennis R. George W. Vanderbilt’s Collection of Oriental Rugs at Biltmore Estate. HALI: International Journal of Oriental Carpets and Rugs. Vol. 3, no. 4, 1981.
Bryan, John M. Biltmore Estate: The Most Distinguished Private Place. New York: Rizzoli Press, 1994.
Dennis, James M. Karl Bitter, Architectural Sculptor. University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.
Friedman, B.H. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1978.
Girouard, Mark. The Victorian Country House. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.
Gray, Christopher and Boswell, John. Twenty-Six Extraordinary Structures. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
Hoyt, Edwin P. The Vanderbilts and Their Fortunes. New York: Doubleday and Co., 1982.
Huggett, Frank E. Life Below Stairs. New York: Charles Scribners & Sons, 1977 (Victorian domestic servants).
King, Robert B. The Vanderbilt Homes. New York: Rizzoli Press, 1989.
Lane, Wheaton J. Commodore Vanderbilt: An Epic of the Steam Age. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942.
Patterson, Jerry. The Vanderbilts. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989.
Pinchot, Gifford. Breaking New Ground. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1947.
Rector, Mary H. Alva, That Vanderbilt-Belmont Woman. Maine: Dutch Island Press, 1992.
Roper, Laura Wood. FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.
Schenck, Carl A. The Birth of Forestry in America: Biltmore Forest School, 1898-1913. Santa Cruz, CA: Forest History Society and Appalachian Consortium, 1974.
Sloan, Florence A. Maverick in Mauve. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1983.
Stasz, Clarice. The Vanderbilt Women. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.
Stein, Susan R., ed. The Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Stevenson, Elizabeth. Park Maker: A Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. New York: MacMillan & Co., 1977.