Author Bruce E. Johnson’s new book tells the story of two women who make a lasting impact on the lives of young people in Western North Carolina.
The Beaufort-based author conducted in-depth research about the Vanderbilts for her contemporary historical novel.
On Aug. 22, 1900, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt was born. The Asheville Citizen and other papers reported on the arrival of the newborn at the Biltmore Estate.
In December 1895, the Biltmore Estate opened with a holiday bash. For years to come, houseguests continued to visit and leave behind recollections of their stay.
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In the fall of 1923, a demolition crew began tearing down the original Battery Park. Later that year, flames would consume parts of the remaining property.
In 1916, plans were underway to bring herds of elk and buffalo to Pisgah Forest. Difficulties and delays would plague the project.
“The Biltmore Estate is truly an exceptional place. My family put off a long-awaited visit to the place, and I’m glad I made the trip in November.”
As George Vanderbilt’s attorney Charles McNamee continued to purchase land in Western North Carolina, residents of Buncombe County grew weary of the millionaire’s plans.
While Asheville thrives on a diverse spiritual life, shifting demographics and evolving notions of religion’s role in daily life have many historic congregations reconsidering the part they play in local culture — and how best to address a changing community’s concerns.