If you have the ability to travel around this great country of ours, you can be treated to some spectacular sites rich with history. Our roots, while not as deep as countries abroad there are places to visit like battlefields, museums and homes of famous Americans that will deepen your understanding of our history. One of the most famous homes in America, and a stop you should definitely make in your travels is the Biltmore estate located in Asheville, North Carolina. With its sprawling grounds and impressive architecture it is sure to take your breath away.
The Biltmore Estate was constructed for George Vanderbilt and was officially opened in 1895. The Vanderbilt family is one of the most famous families in American history. The Vanderbilts are well known for their philanthropic lifestyle, constantly contributing money to the communities that surround them. When George Vanderbilt requested this home to be built, it would become (at the time) the largest undertaking in American architecture. The Biltmore Estate consists of 4 acres of floor space and includes a total of 250 rooms. The home boasts 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. A home of this magnitude on American soil was unheard of in the late 19th century. The basement of the Biltmore Estate is impressive in and of itself. It has a swimming pool, bowling alley, gymnasium and also contained kitchens and servants’ quarters.
Over a span of six years, an army of workers constructed the massive estate. The home is constructed of over 11 million bricks and the impressive features only continue inside. There is an immense stone staircase that climbs four floors and has 102 steps. Illuminating the staircase is a gigantic iron chandelier suspended from a single rod with 72 light bulbs. After six years of construction, George Vanderbilt opened the home on Christmas Eve in 1895 even though construction was not completed. The entire estate spans 8,000 acres and is self-sufficient. Every year, over 1 million guests grace the Biltmore Estate grounds to take in its beautiful history. » Read more: Famous Homes in America – The Biltmore Estate