My Visit to the Biltmore Estate
An Impressive Structure and Surrounding Gardens
by J.M. Troppello
I have always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. It is the largest home in America. It was built by George Vanderbilt. My husband and I recently went to North Carolina with extended family for a vacation. We went to celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary for my mom and stepdad.
The Biltmore Estate is located 2.5 hours from my parent’s home in NC. We all wanted to visit Biltmore and took a day trip there.
George Vanderbilt was born in Staten Island in 1862. He was the grandson of the well-known philanthropist and industrialist, Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 1887, George visited Asheville, NC for the first time. The area resonated with him so much that he considered building his country home there.
He went back to that Blue Ridge Mountain area again in 1888. This time, his mother went with him on the trip. George started purchasing land at that time, which would become the future Biltmore Estate.
In 1889, construction began on the Biltmore House. This estate boasts 250 rooms and was designed to resemble a French Renaissance chateau.
The estate “is a true marvel, the largest undertaking in residential architecture in the United States.”
The estate took six years to build. A variety of skilled craftsmen came together to build this impressive structure. As stated on the Biltmore website, they “came together to create America’s premier home and the environmental wonderland that surrounds it.”
In Awe of the Beauty Around Me
I have always loved to visit historical homes and beautiful gardens.
I’ve visited Longwood Gardens (in PA) many times. I’ve toured historical homes in PA like Pottsgrove Manor, Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge, the Pearl S. Buck House, and the James Buchanan House.
However, nothing has compared to the impressive structure of the Biltmore Estate.
I loved everything about the French Renaissance chateau style. There were so many details to inspect as we followed along with our audio tour. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours. I’d wished I’d had more time to spend in each of the rooms.
As I mentioned, I’ve been to Longwood gardens before. They are spectacular. The gardens at Biltmore Estate were smaller than the ones in Longwood Gardens. Yet, they did not disappoint. My sister, family friend, and I were holding up our family group—many times—as we stopped to take photographs of the beauty around us.
Seeing both the magnificent estate, and all the skill that took to design and build it—as well as the beauty of the gardens—reminded me of the majesty of God and all His creation in the world.
I’m thankful we were able to add a visit to Biltmore Estate to our visit to NC.
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom. (Psalm 145:12, NKJV)
God is good.
He is faithful.
My husband and I weren’t even sure we’d have the money to go on this trip to NC with our extended family.
Yet, He provided.
We had a great time with everyone. It was such a time of rest and relaxation—even though that week was packed with activities.
I hope you can take the time today to bask in the majesty of God’s creation around you—even if it’s simply the tree in your front yard or the flowers growing in your garden.
Allow the beauty of God’s creation to illuminate your soul.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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