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LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Sue Clark McKendree was the Curatorial Information Coordinator for the Biltmore Estate until 2006.

Resources created by Sue Clark McKendree

Biltmore in the community
The hospitality of the Biltmore Dairy and the quality of its ice cream products were legendary in the Asheville community. O.L. Merchant was a partner in the Merchant Construction company. The building contractor for the Frith, Edith’s house in Biltmore...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
Conclusion
Children born or raised at the farm and dairy village have wonderful memories of growing up on Biltmore Estate. For Mildred Buchanan, living here “was fun. I guess you felt a little but more secure than you would out in the town....You just wasn’t...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
Edith Vanderbilt's relationship with estate families
George Vanderbilt’s marriage to Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in June 1898 precipitated a special celebration when the Agricultural Department won a tug-of-war competition with nursery workers, foresters, and Biltmore House employees and received a “handsome...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
The employee clubhouse
In 1933, the Employee Clubhouse opened in Woodcote, managed by Marjorie Edwards. Marjorie was not paid a salary; rather she made a profit from the meals she served. Marjorie’s responsibilities as a hostess were to keep the house clean, and to serve weekday...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Biltmore Dairy ice cream also played a leading role at estate gatherings — Cornelia’s birthday celebrations, Christmas parties, May Day festivities, and picnics. In fact, virtually every oral history interview or questionnaire containing childhood...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
Introduction
George Vanderbilt established the first agricultural operations at Biltmore to produce dairy products, meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables for use in Biltmore House. However, it was his hope that the estate would be self supporting, and by the mid-1890s,...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
Special celebrations
Although the first Christmas parties for estate workers were held in the Banquet hall of Biltmore house, they later moved to the Dairy, most likely because of the ever-expanding numbers of employees required for the growing operations. Sarah Lanning surmised...
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By Sue Clark McKendree.
The tabasco water heater and hot water in Biltmore House
In A technological tour of the Biltmore Estate, page 7
Introduction to the boiler room Although this room is called the Boiler Room, a number of interesting features relating to various technologies can be seen here, including the elevator controller and modern DC generator. The platform and wire cage...
By Sue Clark McKendree.
The transformer room
In A technological tour of the Biltmore Estate, page 11
Interpreting the transformer room Wires come through the wall from the Generator Room which originally carried the power from the Dynamo Room to the Transformer Room. This room first was used to house a series of large Gould storage batteries,...
By Sue Clark McKendree.
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