Day 77 - Biltmore House - deep cotton.

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Aug 30, 2013

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The weather  is in the mid-70's and very comfortable.  Maybe the 2000+ feet above sea level has something to do with it.

We visited the George Vanderbilt's  -- Biltmore House and estate, is on 8,000 ac, has 250 rooms, 33 bedrooms, 43 bath rooms, 65 fireplaces, 3 kitchens, an indoor pool and  was built in 1895. The grounds were designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted - the father of American Landscape Architecture.  The house is a result of the numerous visits to the manor houses of Europe and a mix of state of the art American technology. The house is appointed with a priceless  collection of furnishings and artwork and equipped with every conceivable amenity, from elevators to refrigerators. 

The grounds had impressive gardens.  The water garden was our favorite with different water lily's and other water plants that made colorful and interesting display.

The house was wired for both Alternating Current as well as Direct Current.  When the house was built - It was not clear if -- Edison's direct current design or --- Tesla's alternating current would surface as the best for electrification of the house.  The present house uses some of both types of current. 

We were not allowed to take pics in the house but we have some of the grounds and the exterior of the house.

Tomorrow we are headed for Gatlinburg, TN just outside of the Great Smokey National Park.

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