I am so excited to share with you all that in December Erick and I will be heading to
Asheville, North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate, among other pretty things in the area.
I first spotted pictures of the Biltmore Estate on Pinterest and it REALLY caught my eye. The beautiful, antique architecture of the home/castle screams grandeur, the gardens are something from a dream and it is filled to the brim with history! They even have their own ROSARIAN to take care of the acres of roses! I didn’t even know a rosarian job existed!
Commonly known as being the home of the famous Vanderbilt family in 1835, the Biltmore Estate was a meeting place for several key figures in history, including Napoleon Bonaparte. (His chest set is still at the residence!) What gets my heart pitter-pattering though, is the not-so-well-known fact that this was the house used to hide and protect precious artwork from being stolen or destroyed during World War II.
It was all of course kept VERY hush hush with the art pieces being moved in the middle of he night in 1942 during a snow storm, but a few people noticed the influx of security guards and a new look in some of the rooms. A room on the ground floor was retrofitted with steel shelving and vaulted doors for extra safe keeping. There housed 62 paintings and 17 sculptures. Since the home had been open to the public from 1930, noone ever suspected that priceless treasures were hidden there for over two years. (If you have seen the movie The Monuments Men, it is based off of this story.)
When the war ended in 1944, the artwork was returned. There are, however, a few of the original pieces still hanging on the walls today.
Destroying pieces of history is probably the worst thing you could ever do to a nation. As a painter myself, so much time and effort goes into creating each piece, not to mention a flood of emotion. Most of the time, when I decide to paint a more detailed piece, it is done with a purpose and meaning behind it, like the bouquet for my aunt. I could not imagine the loss and void we would have if we were to never know or see the work that was protected there.
I am absolutely giddy to tour the home, ride horses, do hiking and pair tasty truffles with wine. (Hey, the estate has its own vineyard, and when in Rome… 🙂 ) If any of you have visited North Carolina before, we would love to know what places we should go see. Or… if you have been to the Biltmore Estate, what is your favorite part?
Photos and more fun coming early winter! <3 Subscribe to stay in the loop!
Wishing you all cute pillows and good coffee until then! XOXO