Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Biltmore House is one of the most fascinating places to visit in the United States. This home, built in the late 1890s in Ashville, North Carolina is believed to be the largest home in America. Originally part of a 175,000 acre estate, the house itself occupies 4 acres of land.
Constructed as a private family home for the George Washington Vanderbilt family, it continued to be a private residence until 1914. Composed of 11 million bricks surrounding 250 rooms, only 77 are used for sleeping and hygienic purposes. Six years were required for crew of 1000 to complete its including a 70,000 gallon swimming pool and regulation-size bowling alley. Unheard of amenities to be included were such things as indoor plumbing and heating, electricity, an elevator and 10 telephones.
Two new exhibits are slated to open in 2011 One exhibit comprises a collection of Tiffany stained glass including around 40 lamps and several stained glass windows.
The second new exhibit involves the living quarters occupied by Edith King who served as the family housekeeper from 1897 to 1914. The exhibit includes various cleaning items used by the housekeeper including an electric vacuum cleaner.