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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.

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Biltmore Estate
Photographs of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
A technological tour of the Biltmore Estate
This tour of “America's Castle” explains the technological features George Vanderbilt incorporated into his turn-of-the-century home.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Biltmore Estate: Discover the Destination
Includes a selection of Biltmore Estate images, virtual tours, and activities for kids. Limited historical information is found on this website.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
This is an aerial shot of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The huge Biltmore House, containing over ninety rooms, is the former residence of the Vanderbilt family and is preserved much as it appeared during their lifetimes.
Format: image/photograph
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...
Format: article
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...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Elevator Controls
Elevator Controls
A color photograph of the brass antique elevator controls in Biltmore Estate. The control is a handle that moves in a 90 degree arc, with two switches for on/off and emergency run/stop.
Format: image/article
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...
Format: article
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,...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
The Biltmore Forest School
In North Carolina in the New South, page 4.8
The pioneering Biltmore Forest School emerged from George Vanderbilt's desire for scientific management of the forests around Biltmore Estate.
Format: article
North Carolina Homespun Museum
Visit the North Carolina Homespun Museum and see crafts, photographs and other memorabilia from the Biltmore Industries of yesteryear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Generator
Generator
The massive structure in this photograph is a generator. It is painter black and is located in the basement of the Biltmore House. The generator has two large wheels. A light bulb shows how much light was produced at that time. Today's light bulbs produced...
Format: image/article
Biltmore Estate
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.1
George Washington Vanderbilt inherited a tremendous sum of money and used it to build a massive house and grounds near Asheville.
Format: article
Call Buttons
Call Buttons
This photograph shows a servants' call button station located on a dark paneled wall in Biltmore House. There are two round flat white buttons placed vertically on a metal, rectangular, wall plate. The top button has the words “Butler's Pantry”...
Format: image/article
Dumbwaiter
Dumbwaiter
A color photograph of the interior of a dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter holds a copper serving set and a bouquet of flowers.
Format: image/article
Elevator shaft view
Elevator shaft view
A color photograph of the inside of an elevator shaft. The shaft is made of wood and metal.
Format: image/article
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...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Elevator Plaque
Elevator Plaque
A brass plaque that says “OTIS - Electric Controller Patented march.31.1891.March.15.1892 - Otis Brothers & Co New York. U.S.A.”
Format: image/article
Light Bulb
Light Bulb
A color photograph of an antique light bulb sitting on a purple cloth. The light bulb is clear and has a white tag attached to the bottom of it.
Format: image/article