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  • Writer's pictureJustin McConnell

TITANIC & The Vanderbilts

Originally Posted 4/11/2018, 9:03AM:

George and Edith Vanderbilt were heirs to an amazing amount of wealth mostly from George's side of the family. In fact, the Vanderbilts were listed as passengers on Titanic's maiden voyage, but felt homesick and decided to change their travel plans in order to leave Europe a little earlier. Their home, the Biltmore Estate is one of America's coolest historical destinations. It absolutely has to be seen to be believed.

As a resident of the great state of North Carolina, I had heard several people talk about it, but before taking my wife for our first anniversary, I never thought much of the Biltmore Estate. America's largest house sits among the remarkable beauty of the Appalachian mountains in the Western North Carolina city of Asheville. So what? It's a big house in the mountains. I have seen big houses. 

Often, the point that fails to be communicated is the absolute majesty and the history surrounding the home owned by one of our nations wealthiest and most influential lovers of nature, art, and history. 

Last weekend, my wife and I made a trip to the estate with my in-laws who had never been. As we approached the main entrance, she pointed out a sign that said there were costumes and props on loan from 20th Century Fox being exhibited in the house currently.

Imagine my surprise at the timing of this event, knowing that our Titanic episode of the NLN Movie Podcast was about to go live soon.

So while everyone else was taking pictures and videos of the sheer grandeur of the Biltmore Estate, I was running around taking pictures of everything Titanic related like a psychopath.

The lighting was a little dim and all the costumes had spotlights on them, so the pictures didn't turn out perfect, but I wanted to share this exhibit as best as I could. 


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