Tickets to Biltmore include a two day pass that allows one to wander around the grounds and a walk through of the public rooms. Two days really are needed to see it all.
At an additional cost, tickets for guided tours in small groups allow guests a more personal look at life during the time frame of Biltmore. A tour entitled Upstairs, Downstairs shows the contrast of daily life for the owners and guests and for the staff.
A previous post showed the opulence upstairs. A bit of that continues on the lowest level of the house, especially for the men. This is a smoking room.
It would be easy to berate the lifestyle of the upper classes in the 1880’s and early 1900’s as being abusive of the lower classes. The truth is that Vanderbilt brought jobs to the area, built housing for town and field and dairy workers, constructed a church and other buildings in the nearby town of Asheville.
Although I can’t fathom the lives of the either the rich or the poor at that time, it was what it was. Events of the present day indicate that people still think that life is not fair.
“The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.” Eliza Doolitte from My Fair Lady