His French Renaissance chateau was built over a six-year period and completed in 1895.

A few years later, bachelor George meets Edith on a cruise, they later marry and she moves into the home bringing much love and warmth to life at Biltmore.

Sadly, George died early in 1914 of appendicitis. Edith closed down much of the house in order to manage the estate better.

Their daughter, Cornelia, and her husband opened the estate to the public in 1930 to boost tourism in the area during the great depression.

It’s been a place for people to visit and enjoy the hospitality ever since and is still a family business, owned by 4th and 5th generations of Vanderbilt descendants.

by
Kim Yañez Sepulveda




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