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Around Biltmore Village
More than a century ago, George W. Vanderbilt transformed the sleepy crossroads settlement known as Best, or Asheville Junction, on the Swannanoa River into an idyllic model village near the entrance to his vast Biltmore Estate near Asheville. The initial concepts and design for Biltmore Village were the collaborative efforts of Vanderbilt, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The finished village included more than 40 residences, a business district, a church, a school, and a hospital. It was centrally located among the developing towns of Victoria, Kenilworth, South Biltmore, and later Biltmore Forest. It characterized the elegance and prosperity of the building booms that flourished in the south Asheville area before and after both world wars.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738568539
: Arcadia Publishing
: 11/24/2008
: North Carolina
: Images of America
: 208 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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A lifelong resident of Asheville, author Bill Alexander can trace his family roots to the organization of Buncombe County in 1792, when his fifth-great-grandfather was appointed as the first sheriff. Alexander grew up in the shadows of the Biltmore Estate and barely two miles from Biltmore Village. Employed by the estate for 30 years and in his current position as landscape and forest historian, he wrote his first book, The Biltmore Nursery: A Botanical Legacy, in 2007. Alexander has drawn from his wealth of knowledge from research of the Biltmore Estate's archives and various collections from North Carolina to Massachusetts, Florida, and California to publish Images of America: Around Biltmore Village.
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