Officially opened in 1895, this beautiful home is still owned and operated by the Vanderbilt family…along with 1,800 employees! It is owned by Vanderbilt’s grandson, who has relinquished the running of it to his own son and daughter.
It is an awesome place to visit. We were treated to seeing Christmas decorations that are being put in place already, seeing areas not previously seen, and a tasty lunch in the former stable.
Lots of flowers were still in bloom, and of course the fall foliage through the forest was a feast to the eyes. The estate encompasses 8,000 acres, down from the 125,000 that it once was, and is truly worth the visit…in any season.
Biltmore House is filled with a rich history. Did you know that during WWII, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, stored priceless paintings and sculptures here for safekeeping? I sure didn’t know that.