What was George Washington Vanderbilt’s original vision for Biltmore? How did that vision evolve through the years? How does his legacy live on today?
George Washington Vanderbilt is born on Staten Island.
George Vanderbilt visits Asheville, North Carolina for the first time.
Construction of Biltmore House begins.
George Vanderbilt officially opens Biltmore to family and friends.
George Vanderbilt marries Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in Paris.
Edith is a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the first governor of Dutch colonial New York. After honeymooning in Italy, George and Edith return to live at Biltmore.
Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt is born at Biltmore.
George and Edith’s only child is born on the evening of August 22 in the Louis XV Room in Biltmore House. It is a celebrity birth, even by modern standards.
Construction of the Main Dairy and Horse Barn begins.
George Vanderbilt passes away at the age of 51.
Cornelia Vanderbilt marries the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil.
George Vanderbilt's first grandson is born.
Cornelia and John’s first son, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, is born in the Louis XV Room, where Cornelia herself was born.
The Cecils welcome their second son.
Cornelia and John Cecil open Biltmore House to the public.
Biltmore House stores art during World War II.
During the war, the house stores priceless works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil returns to Biltmore.
Biltmore is officially nominated as a National Historic Landmark.
The original landmark designation was based on the theme “Conservation of Natural Resources.”
William Cecil plants his first grape vines just below Biltmore House.
The Biltmore Estate Wine Company is established.
Biltmore’s Winery opens to the public.
William (Bill) A.V. Cecil Jr. is named President & CEO of The Biltmore Company.
Bernard Delille becomes Winemaster and Vice President.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate® opens.
The Market Gardener’s Cottage, the first of the Cottages on Biltmore Estate®, opens to overnight guests.
This historic structure built in 1896 is transformed into the first of Biltmore’s premier lodging options for overnight guests: the Cottages on Biltmore Estate®.
Antler Hill Village opens.
Biltmore is honored for environmental stewardship.
Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate® opens.
William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil passes away at the age of 89.
Diana (Dini) Cecil Pickering is named Chair of the Board of Directors.
Sharon Fenchak becomes Head Winemaker & Vice President.
The Dairy Foreman’s Cottage, the second of the Cottages on Biltmore Estate®, opens.
Tucked within the woodlands behind Biltmore’s four-star Inn, this casual home is the next historic structure reimagined to offer guests a private oasis of service, style, and charm.
The Line House Cottages, part of the Cottages on Biltmore Estate®, open.
These cozy historic homes not only offer guests a step back in time to the Vanderbilts’ era, they also provide a special glimpse into the estate’s agricultural heritage.