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10 Fast Facts About Biltmore
Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in the United States, and was the vision of George Washington Vanderbilt. Learn more about this National Historic Landmark with our list of 10 fast facts about Biltmore.
10 Fast Facts About Biltmore
- George Vanderbilt was born in 1862 in Staten Island, the grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius Vanderbilt.
- After visiting Asheville in 1888, George Vanderbilt began the process of building his country home. Construction began in 1889 and Biltmore House was opened to friends and family on Christmas Eve, 1895.
- Biltmore House was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and is America’s Largest Home® spanning 175,000 square feet, more than four acres of floor space. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau includes 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
- Adjacent to Biltmore House are 8,000 acres of formal and informal gardens designed by renowned American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
- George Vanderbilt married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in Paris in 1898 and their only child, Cornelia Vanderbilt, was born in the Louis XV Room at Biltmore in 1900.
- Biltmore was a pioneer in sustainable-land-use practices in 1895 and has long operated its farm and field-to-table program.
- The original acreage of Biltmore Estate was approximately 125,000 acres and included property later sold to the federal government to create Pisgah National Forest, one of the first national forests east of the Mississippi.
- Currently the estate covers approximately 8,000 acres. Guests are invited to enjoy Biltmore’s scenic backyard with outdoor activities like biking, carriage rides, hiking, horseback riding, and more.
- George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William A.V. Cecil, began planting grape vines in the early 1970s, paving the way for the establishment of Biltmore Estate Wine Company in 1983. Today, Biltmore’s Winery is the most-visited winery in the United States.
- On exhibit inside Biltmore House is the Vanderbilt family’s original collection, art, furniture, and more.
Over the years, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village & Winery, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore® For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division.
Biltmore is still family owned and operated under George Vanderbilt’s mission of preservation through self-sufficiency – a philosophy embraced before the first stone was ever placed.
Since 1895, Biltmore has welcomed guests from all over to experience the splendor of George Vanderbilt’s visionary estate. Learn more about planning your visit to Biltmore at: https://www.biltmore.com/visit
Featured image: Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.
Bottom left image: Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt, who designed and built Biltmore along with Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted.
Bottom right image: Biltmore House and Walled Gardens is now open for guests to enjoy.Return to Blog