RALEIGH — Biltmore Estate in Asheville is America’s largest private residence, but it was simply “home” to George and Edith Vanderbilt. Venture beyond the magnificent estate to learn about the private lives of one of North Carolina’s most influential families. Discover more when Ann Ashley, vice president of The Biltmore Company, presents “Philanthropic Families: The Vanderbilts” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. This is the first talk in the museum’s Notable North Carolina Lecture Series that explores the people, places and events that have shaped the Tar Heel State.
The lecture costs $8 plus tax per person and $5 plus tax for associates/museum members. Seats are filling up for the program, so register at NCMOHprograms. com. For information, call (919) 807-7873.
The Vanderbilt legacy brought more to North Carolina than the iconic grandeur of Biltmore House. Ms. Ashley will share how the Vanderbilts’ philanthropy and passion for the state’s land and people have influenced its cultural and physical landscape. The Vanderbilt family history includes a legacy of significant, yet often quiet, philanthropy from arts to education to environmental preservation. Come hear about the Vanderbilts’ contributions and the efforts today made by the Vanderbilt-Cecil family to continue the family mission of preserving this National Historic Landmark.
Following the presentation, signed copies of the book “Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon” will be available for purchase. The book details William A. V. Cecil’s 35-year effort to turn the Biltmore Estate into one of the world’s most successful privately preserved historic sites. Taste samples from the Biltmore Estate Wine Company.
For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian- affiliated museum, call (919) 807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory. org. The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is one of America’s largest private residences and was home to the Vanderbilts. A program on the Vanderbilts will be given Tuesday at the North Carolina Museum of History.