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What is the story behind the Biltmore?

What is the story behind the Biltmore?

In the late 1880s, George W. Vanderbilt, then a young man of 25, came upon the perfect spot in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains for a 250-room French Renaissance chateau to be built by his friend, architect Richard Morris Hunt. The great ch√Ęteau would be called “Biltmore.”

Did the Biltmore Estate have slaves?

In at least one case, an entire community was relocated to accommodate Vanderbilt’s plans. The old Shiloh neighborhood included approximately a dozen former slaves. It included several homes dotted along what once was the land of their former owner, a church, and a cemetery.

What was the original cost of the Biltmore Estate?

How much did Biltmore cost to build? It took about $6 million in 1895 dollars to construct North Carolina’s answer to Versailles. I’ve seen varying estimates in what that amounts to in today’s dollars. But according to the CPI inflation calendar, $6 million in 1865 is the equivalent to about $102.6 million today.

What did the Biltmore family do for a living?

They worked to create the profitable and self-sustaining enterprise that their grandfather had envisioned. William Cecil inherited the estate upon the death of their mother, Cornelia, in 1976. His brother George Cecil inherited the more profitable dairy farm, which was spun off as Biltmore Farms.

Who are the current owners of the Biltmore Estate?

The Biltmore Company is an American firm that owns and operates Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The company is owned by the family of William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, the younger grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt II.

Where did Biltmore money come from?

Does anyone live in the Biltmore House?

Though the family stopped living in the mansion in the 1950s, it is still owned and run as a tourist attraction by the fourth generation of Vanderbilt descendants.