Biltmore Estate

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
        clothing, storytelling, 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
        tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a
        Banquet Hall with a 70–foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool,
        bowling alley, and priceless antiques.

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 Biltmore website.