Invite yourself to a Gilded Age house party at Biltmore
“designed to immerse visitors in a typical ‘house party, circa 1905.”
The Gilded Age in the United States generally referred to the post-Civil War period from the 1870s to the turn of the 20th century, when vast industrial fortunes led to lavish lifestyles for those relatively few families. Newport, Rhode Island came to be seen as the most fashionable resort for many wealthy industrialists, with such “summer cottages” as The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms, and others. A number of these cottages are in the hands of the Preservation Society of Newport County which preserves them as historic house museums.
While it may not be possible to imagine yourself living amongst such sumptuous surroundings, the Vanderbilt home in Asheville, North Carolina – known as Biltmore – has made this a little easier. Biltmore has opened an immersive exhibit, involving meticulously recreations of period clothing and a 360-degree sound experience – all designed to provide visitors with an experience of attending a Vanderbilt house party ca. 1905. The exhibit "A Vanderbilt House Party - the Gilded Age" runs through May 27.
By J.H. Osborne
February 11, 2019