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Serafina and the black cloak (turtleback school and library binding edition) - Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, 1) by Robert Beatty



Biltmore Estate is a large (6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles) private estate and tourist attraction near Asheville, North Carolina . Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque -style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m 2 ) [2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m 2 ) of living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants , it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age .

George Vanderbilt opened his opulent estate on Christmas Eve 1895 to invited family and friends from across the country, who were encouraged to enjoy leisure and country pursuits. Notable guests to the estate over the years included author Edith Wharton , novelist Henry James , ambassadors Joseph Hodges Choate and Larz Anderson , and Presidents William McKinley , Theodore Roosevelt , Woodrow Wilson , Jimmy Carter , Ronald Reagan , and Barack Obama . George married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in 1898 in Paris, France; their only child, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, was born at Biltmore in the Louis XV room in 1900, and grew up at the estate.

After the divorce of the Cecils in 1934, Cornelia left the estate never to return; however, John Cecil maintained his residence in the Bachelors' Wing until his death in 1954. Their eldest son George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil , occupied rooms in the wing until 1956. At this point Biltmore House ceased to be a family residence and has continued to be operated as a historic house museum.

Biltmore Estate is a large (6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles) private estate and tourist attraction near Asheville, North Carolina . Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque -style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m 2 ) [2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m 2 ) of living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants , it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age .

George Vanderbilt opened his opulent estate on Christmas Eve 1895 to invited family and friends from across the country, who were encouraged to enjoy leisure and country pursuits. Notable guests to the estate over the years included author Edith Wharton , novelist Henry James , ambassadors Joseph Hodges Choate and Larz Anderson , and Presidents William McKinley , Theodore Roosevelt , Woodrow Wilson , Jimmy Carter , Ronald Reagan , and Barack Obama . George married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in 1898 in Paris, France; their only child, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, was born at Biltmore in the Louis XV room in 1900, and grew up at the estate.

After the divorce of the Cecils in 1934, Cornelia left the estate never to return; however, John Cecil maintained his residence in the Bachelors' Wing until his death in 1954. Their eldest son George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil , occupied rooms in the wing until 1956. At this point Biltmore House ceased to be a family residence and has continued to be operated as a historic house museum.

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