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When George Vanderbilt arrived in Asheville, North Carolina, for the first time in 1888, it was a monumental moment in his personal history. This modest western North Carolina city captured his heart with its rugged beauty and became his new home. He shaped a new life here by purchasing 125,000 acres, building a magnificent 250-room chateau, and creating grand gardens and nurturing forests on the property. Later, the house would become a home with his marriage to Edith Stuyvesant Dresser and the birth of his daughter Cornelia. The Vanderbilt family tree would expand and dig deep roots in Asheville with a second and third generation that would call the estate “home” and take over the management of Biltmore.

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