Let’s look a little more into Asheville’s past. Over 200 years ago, Asheville was in its pioneering stage. It was a young town, and its economy needed to grow. A great way to do that was to build roads connecting Asheville to the areas surrounding it. A road bordering the French Broad River that went right on up into Tennessee competed in 1828. Now Asheville could participate in trade from the markets and resources of the west. More and more roads were built, and Asheville gained the reputation of a beautiful vacation area for the more well-to-do people of the South. Then the coming of the railroad opened the trade route to the East. It didn’t take long before people were “blown away” with the most beautiful views and fine reputation of the Asheville area. This area was drawing the attention of the world’s wealthiest families.
The building of the Biltmore Estate in the 1880’s and 1890’s was one of the highlights in Asheville’s history. George W. Vanderbilt would visit this area with his dad, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Cornelius made his fortune with the coming of the steamboat and railroad. He purchased a large area and named it Biltmore Village. Cornelius started building a home on 125,000 acres. This home later came to be known as the Biltmore Estate. World-famous architects planned the blueprints and landscape for this incredible estate. The family moved into this 255-room mansion in the year 1895 on Christmas Eve. George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William Cecil, still owns the house today. It remains a National Landmark for about 750,000 tourists every year!!!