“The preservation of Biltmore as a privately-owned, profitable, working estate.”
—Biltmore’s mission statement, developed by William A.V. Cecil (1928–2017), grandson of George and Edith Vanderbilt
For more than 50 years, this has been the mission that guides our efforts to preserve, restore, and conserve Biltmore Estate for current and future generations to enjoy.
Preserving A Legacy
Our mission to preserve Biltmore covers much more than major restoration projects—it also helps us deliver authentic experiences and gracious Vanderbilt-inspired hospitality to our guests.
With the expertise of our in-house conservation department and the dedicated support of our employees, Biltmore’s story 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.
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.