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Historic Asheville

Built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890s, The Biltmore Estate and gardens is a National Historic Landmark that is well worth seeing. The estate includes the Biltmore Winery and Antler Hill Village. Take advantage of our Biltmore Package and get two tickets for two consecutive days. You’ll need both days to take in America’s largest privately owned home, modeled after the chateaux of the French Renaissance with grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. (you have photos)


Don’t forget to visit Biltmore Village, a planned community at the entrance to the Vanderbilt’s Estate known for it’s unique locally owned shops and restaurants in a quaint historic setting.

Smith-McDowell House Museum- Asheville’s first mansion and oldest surviving dwelling is on the National Register and has been restored as a history museum. A 4 story antebellum mansion, it was built by slave labor twenty years before the Civil War.


The Thomas Wolfe Memorial- Thomas Wolfe, a major American 20th Century novelist, immortalized his childhood home here in Asheville in his autobiographical novel, Look Homeward Angel. House tours are offered daily. (will send photo)


The Grove Park Inn, completed in 1913, not only offers a stunning example of Arts and Crafts Architecture, but a world class golf course, a spa and even an antique auto museum. Built from Granite boulders taken from Sunset Mountain, the Great Hall is a sight to behold. Insider tip: don’t miss the sculpture garden outside the gift shop!


The Riverside Cemetary, located right here in the Montford District of Asheville is on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the National Park Service. Stroll through it’s 87 acres of rolling hills and flowering gardens on a self guided walking tour through ancient oak, poplar, dogwood and ginkgo trees. Visit the burial places of Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry as well as Confederate generals James Martin and Robert B. Vance and many of the city’s most prominent citizens.


Be sure to include a stroll through our neighborhood, the Montford Historic District to view a wide range of antique Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes and hopefully meet some of our friendly and fascinating neighbors!