Preservation, Restoration, Conservation
The mission statement of Biltmore is “The preservation of Biltmore as a privately-owned, profitable, working estate.” With an emphasis on preservation, it’s no surprise Biltmore prides itself on having an in-house conservation department.
With an emphasis on preservation, it’s no surprise Biltmore prides itself on having an in-house conservation department. This work continues today under the direction of the next generation of family, led by Bill Cecil Jr. and his children and Dini Cecil Pickering and her children. Preservation at Biltmore covers much more than major restoration projects—although those are significant investments.
Biltmore’s preservation efforts also span the daily needs of maintaining a 250-room historic building, a winery, and 8,000 acres of gardens, managed farmland, and forest to continue to deliver authenticity and gracious Vanderbilt-inspired hospitality to our guests.
When George Vanderbilt began planning his grand estate in Asheville, North Carolina, he envisioned a self-sustaining estate that would nurture the land and its resources for years to come. From this vision came the nation’s first planned forestry program and the beginning of a family-focus on environmental stewardship. Today, Biltmore continues to honor George Vanderbilt’s legacy of preserving the land and protecting the environment through many ecological, recycling, and alternative energy programs.