George built his dairy between 1900 and 1902. It was one of the first "modern" dairy in the area and eventually the largest dairy in the South East United States.
Gotta wonder what took 'em so long to figure that one out!
I decided the Century White with an aroma of roses and fresh mint was my favorite.Biltmore mansion!
Vanderbilts. Edith is the tall one in the fabulous veiled hat. Don't the ladies look like a fun and friendly group?
Edith was apparently quite the fisherwoman. With each picture I saw I could see that she had a happy disposition. She and George had one daughter, Cornelia, who was a darling girl as well. George died suddenly following complications of an appendix operation. The couple had only been married 16 years. As she wrote in one letter, she couldn't believe he was gone; she kept expecting that he would be home any moment....
Edith later married a fellow of British Royal lineage. Together they produced two sons. I thought it was interesting that she and George only had one child, yet when she remarried in her forties she produced more children.
In a way she had a sad life: orphaned at age 10, then sent to be cared for by her grandparents who both died while she was in her teens. She and her sisters were then sent to France where they were under the care of their french nanny. It must have been shocking to lose a husband after having suffered so many losses early in her life.
She made the decision to sell most of their property to the National Forest Service, yet continued to live on the estate. She was known for her efforts to promote literacy and helping women to learn crafts by which they could support themselves if needed.