Friday, August 30, 2013

The Biltmore Mansion



Today we show what is perhaps the grandest of all mansions . . . the Biltmore, in North Carolina. The Biltmore was the home of the Vanderbilt family. Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune in shipping and railroads.

10 comments:

  1. A lovely, gracious home for sure but I wouldn't want to be the one responsible for keeping it clean. I have a hard enough time keeping our "castle" up to my standards. ;)
    This has been an interesting week, thanks PJM.
    -Anne K.

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  2. I agree with Anne, very good week.

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  3. I'd love to see it. I understand it is especially nice at Christmas time.

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  4. Mother Maybelle Addington Carter and the Carter Sisters (Helen, June and Anita) played on Richmond, VA radio stations WRNL and then WRVA between 1945 and about 1948. Maybelle and her husband Ezra ("Eck") bought an old plantation on the James River. I don't know the address. I was 4 years old and just remember the big white house. Maybelle and the girls went from Richmond to WNOX in Knoxville, TN where they joined up with Chet Atkins. Maybelle and Chet moved on to KWTO in Springfield, MO. Eck went to Richmond to sell the plantation and move the furniture to Springfield. The next stop was the Grand Old Opry at WSM, Nashville, TN. I don't recall the place in Nashville being so big. Maybelle told my father that she regretted having the slave cabins in Richmond torn down, realizing later that they could have had historic value

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  5. The ruins of Windsor near Port Gibson, Mississippi on the Natchez Trace are worth seeing. This home was huge (the largest ever built in this state). Burned in the late 1800s.

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  6. I'd like to echo the sentiments of the others when i say, It's been a good week of pictures as always! Everyone have a nice Labor Day weekend.

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  7. It is well worth the trip. Refrigeration, an indoor pool, plumbing in 1900.
    The dining room was great.
    The grounds are very impressive

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  8. The Biltmore Mansion is an example of what can be done with money by a good man. As Dale said, the house had indoor plumbing, refrigeration, as well as a room specifically designed to dry laundry. Not only did George Vanderbilt have a village of European-style homes built for the workers he brought in to construct the house, but all of the servants rooms had electricity and shared bathrooms. (At this point, not even the White House had indoor plumbing.) At Christmas, the family selected individual gifts for each employee and their children. There was also a school provided for the local children. When the weather was threatening, the Family climbed on the tractors and helped bring in the crops along with everybody else. (The Estate was, and is, a working farm.) The "little church" he had built in the village is now the Episcopal Cathedral for Western North Carolina.

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  9. Now THAT my friend, is a mansion !

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  10. I toured the Biltmore mansion once as a child and again in my 20's. I remember there was a chess set that Napoleon Bonaparte had played on. There was also a wonderful tapestry from the Dark Ages, and so much more.

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