Visit new displays in Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 2017)
This summer, Biltmore is hosting a number of limited-time displays, including a Toy Model of Biltmore House as well as Vanderbilt Travels Railway, an outdoor model train exhibit highlighting the travels of George Vanderbilt.
Toy Model of Biltmore House
Designed and built by members of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego User Group, the model of America’s largest home is 3 ½ feet tall and almost 10 feet long. Creator Mark Stephens spent more than 600 hours piecing together about 50,000 toy bricks to create the Biltmore House replica. This model is on display in the Wine Shop in Antler Hill Village.
The exhibit also includes a replica display of Lodge Gate, the arched gateway at the main entrance of Biltmore. About 3,700 of its total 6,525 toy bricks are “cheese wedge” pieces, strategically placed to recreate the iconic arch shape and texture of the historic structure’s roof. Creator Sean Lehmkuhl spent 175 hours on this replica, which is on display in Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.
Vanderbilt Travels Railway
In addition to the toy model of Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village is hosting Vanderbilt Travels Railway, a 250-foot model train display highlighting George Vanderbilt’s travels with handcrafted architectural elements made from leaves, twigs and other natural materials.
The display was created by Applied Imagination, a nationally-recognized, award-winning crew of artists, botanical architects and landscape designers. They have produced countless public garden exhibits, seasonal displays and garden railways. In the display, five model trains run along five track loops, passing by miniature versions of the Biltmore Rail Depot, the USS Vanderbilt Steamship, Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, London Bridge, and more.
Both exhibits are on display through Labor Day and are included in admission to Biltmore.
Purchase tickets in advance at www.biltmore.com, or call 800-411-3812, or visit the Reception and Ticketing Services Center at Biltmore.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; The Inn on Biltmore Estate, a four-star accommodation; Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.