Behind the Biltmore Estate: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Largest Home


Think you already know everything there is to learn about Biltmore? Read on to learn some fascinating facts about the iconic North Carolina estate.

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Biltmore Estate

2. It took 1,000 men six years to build the house. Vanderbilt had fallen in love with Western North Carolina’s climate and scenery, and in 1888 he began purchasing land that eventually amounted to 125,000 acres. Construction began a year later by what is reported as 1,000 talented craftsmen, and Biltmore House opened to the family at Christmas 1895.

To expedite the shipments of building materials, a special railroad track opened directly to the construction site from the main railway, though it was demolished once the home was complete. (And don’t forget, Vanderbilt’s grandfather Cornelius made his fortune in the railroad industry.)

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  1. Richard Stevens

    May 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    These are really great images of the Biltmore. Where did they come from?

    • David

      June 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

      the biltmore

    • Jessica Mozo

      August 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      They are from the talented photography team at Journal Communications Inc. in Franklin, Tenn.

    • Kamiya

      January 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      This is great for my project thank you

  2. Keyton

    February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This place is…just…Awesome

  3. Keyton

    February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    this place is big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    i love this house so much.

    • tyshaun

      May 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      yes it is because I live there

      • Melissa

        September 15, 2020 at 9:15 am

        um.. no you dont sorry.

  5. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    hi every one

  6. LeAire Ballenger

    October 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    i love this house so much that i would marry it.

  7. Rylee

    November 26, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Biltmore house is huge and very pretty

  8. Thomas k. Nix

    January 7, 2016 at 6:09 am

    A must see ! If you only go once, its worth the price ! Theres nothing else in this country like this place. Its as close to a castle as youll find in the usa. Ive been there many times.

    • Tamara

      January 31, 2021 at 3:06 am

      how much to visit?

  9. Jeff

    August 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Its awe inspiring grandure.

  10. Alice

    October 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

    It’s a big house

  11. Carl Elston

    November 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Please name the 3 French homes used to design the Biltmore house.

  12. Marlane

    January 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I have been there only once! It’s amazing! I want to visit at Christmas!!!!

  13. Winifred Loving

    January 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Christmas at the Biltmore was a dream come true for 3 generations of my family in 2016.

  14. Sandy

    January 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    WHile on vacation My Husband thought it was crazy to go 300 miles out of the way to see a house. He loved it even more than I . We were both in awe. I tell everyone I know if you ever get close to this go.

  15. Ronald Pierson

    February 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I would like to know who is The richest Family back in 17 hundreds. was it the Vanderbilts or The Beltmore Homes or Estates. The Biggest and Grandest.

    • Regina Kilgore

      January 27, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      The house was built beginning 1895. It wasn’t there in the 17th century.

  16. crystal lopez

    February 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I would like to know the date they started to build the Baltimore gardens

  17. jose

    March 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    this place is awesome

  18. JOHN

    March 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Just visited the Biltmore estate it was an awesome visit for anyone who loves history. George was a ‘bad boy” he enjoyed life. Now I know why Anderson Cooper is not scared to say what he wants (all in fun). I had a ball. The garden the winery…WOW!

  19. Stephen Hall

    March 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I beleive that you should be able to buy a discounted ticket for the gardens only. Having arrived from the UK on the coldest day of the year, a walk around the house took perhaps 2-3 hours however the windchill today prevented me my wife and her family from walking around the gardens. I would like to return however my understanding is that the house tour would be the same so I would like to return just to walk the garden area but the overall cost which would include the house making it cost prohibitive to return. If i could buy tickets just for the outside areas I would return kind regards stephen


    March 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    That place suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike.

      April 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Let me guess….. ‘too expensive for you’. Or….’all that money spent on one house’. Typical. If you don’t like it, don’t go back.

    • Regina Kilgore

      January 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      You must just detest history. Or maybe there are other underlying reasons you didn’t enjoy it. I’m wondering how old you are. You talk like you’re 15

  21. Vonzeyah

    September 29, 2017 at 11:32 am


  22. Lee

    December 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Where was Cornelia’s bedroom? It only talks about the room where she was born

  23. Regina Kilgore

    January 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    You must just detest history. Or maybe there are other underlying reasons you didn’t enjoy it. I’m wondering how old you are. You talk like you’re 15

  24. Tiara

    April 16, 2020 at 5:58 am

    I like them

  25. Rebecca S Roberts

    August 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I really enjoy going there at Christmas time. All the decorations were beautiful. We returned in the spring and loved all the flowers in the garden. I half to say the money I paid was worth it. I know it takes a lot to keep this place up and in season for us to enjoy. I only wish that some of the Christmas decorations in the gift shop wasn’t so expensive.

    • Jessy Yancey

      September 15, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Thanks for your comment, Rebecca. We love going here in Christmas too, and you can look for a story in our winter issue about the Biltmore during the holidays!

      Jessy Yancey
      managing editor
      NC Field & Family

  26. Melissa

    September 15, 2020 at 9:18 am

    anyone else looking at this website in 2020 because of school-

  27. Emily Crase

    September 23, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I’m studying because I am studying for a book.

    • Emily Crase

      September 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

      *I’m studying biltmore because I’m reading a book*

  28. mishel

    February 1, 2021 at 9:31 am


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