Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Beautiful Biltmore
On a rainy afternoon, we toured the historic Biltmore mansion buily by George Washington Vanderbilt (younger brother of Lila Vanderbilt Webb, who - with her husband William Seward Webb - built Shelburne Farms in Vermont a few years before the Biltmore was constructed in Ashbille, NC). The Biltmore (tm) is still privately owned by descendants of George & Edith Vanderbilt, and is run as a for-profit business with tours (a main source of revenue - basic adult admission=$50), an Inn, several restaraunts, gift shops and a winery. We throroughly enjoyed our day on the estate, and are glad to be going home to re-join the team at the equally beautiful, albeit slightly understated, Shelburne Farms (a nonprofit, educational organization)!