America’s Largest Home: The Biltmore Estate

   

I’m a lover of big, historical homes. If there is history related to a place, I’m there.

One of my favorite sites to visit is the Biltmore House and Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The estate is the home of the late George and Edith Vanderbilt, who created the house to be a country escape for family and friends. Mr. Vanderbilt chose the city of Asheville as the spot for his home after a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains with his mother in 1888. After six years of construction, he opened his home on December 24th, 1895. The finished 250-room French Renaissance style chateau included over four acres of floor space, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Three years later, Mr. Vanderbilt brought his new bride, Edith Stuyvensant Dresser, to the estate.

In 1900, the couple welcomed their only child, Cornelia Vanderbilt on August 22 in the Louis XV Room. Mr. Vanderbilt enjoyed the home with family and friends right up to his passing in 1914 at the age of 51. In 1930, Cornelia and her husband, John Cecil, officially opened Biltmore House to the public, to help boast local tourism during the Great Depression. Today, the house and estate are still family owned and operated and are enjoyed by thousands of people daily. The Biltmore Estate now includes a wine company, an inn, village hotel, and Antler Hill Village. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Be sure to check out some of my favorite rooms: the library and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.

For more history and information, visit: http://www.biltmore.com/

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