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.
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.)