The Last Castle event
Each year, more than 1 million visitors flock to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The colossal Gilded Age château is the largest home ever to exist in America. Yet even more striking is the wider story of how this extraordinary place came to exist.
Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best-known families. Her marriage to George Vanderbilt—grandson of railroad titan Cornelius Vanderbilt and one of the world’s wealthiest bachelors—was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House, George’s spectacular European-style estate.
Encompassing world wars, the Jazz Age, financial crises, scandalous marriages, natural disaster, murder and suicide, the story of Biltmore House takes readers from the wilds of Appalachia to the glamour of New York and Paris, and features a captivating cast of characters including Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison.