Biltmore Estate

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 128 pages
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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, has captured the fascination of people everywhere for over 100 years. Created in the 1890s by George Washington Vanderbilt, a member of one of America's wealthiest families, the estate combined a 250-room French Renaissance-style chateau with 125,000 acres of gardens, forests, and working farms. Biltmore House served as Vanderbilt's primary residence for almost 20 years. After Mr. Vanderbilt's death in 1914, life at Biltmore continued for his wife Edith and daughter Cornelia. In 1930, Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil and her husband, Hon. John Francis Amherst Cecil, opened Biltmore House--the largest private home in the United States--to the public, firmly establishing the Asheville area as a major tourist destination.

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I have been to the Biltmore estate 3 times. I love old houses and the history behind them. This book gives a nice quick overview of the history of the house grounds people that worked there and the ... Read full review


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About the author (2005)

A lifelong resident of Asheville, author Ellen Erwin Rickman is Director of Museum Services at Biltmore Estate. She oversees historical research and the preservation and interpretation of Biltmore's impressive collections of fine and decorative arts. Rickman has been employed at Biltmore Estate since 1986.

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