In 1895, George Vanderbilt built a 250-room mansion, modeled after
a sixteenth-century chateaux in France’s Loire Valley.
Sitting on 8000 acres, the Biltmore Estate is recognized as the
largest private residence in the USA.
According to the Biltmore's website, the self-guided tour
infuses stories about
the Vanderbilts, plus displays of vintage
and period pieces that show what it was like
to live in or visit
America’s largest home. Enjoy original art from
masters such as John
Singer Sargent, magnificent 16th–century
chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a
Banquet Hall with a
70–foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool,
bowling alley, and
On Friday afternoon, SCSECS conference participants will enjoy an
afternoon excursion to tour the Biltmore house and formal gardens,
followed by a wine tasting on the grounds of the estate.
Entrance to house and gardens and the wine tasting are covered in
your SCSECS conference registration fee.
For more information about the Vanderbilts, the history of the
estate, and the house, furniture, furnishings, and formal gardens,
please check out the