February 5 through May 25, 2015, the Biltmore House will feature an exhibit of clothing from the PBS series Downton Abbey. These costumes were worn by the cast.
Currently the House is displaying a gown worn by the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) on the second floor as a preview for the exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”
Dark Red Dress Worn at Dinner: Black Tail Suit with Waistcoat, White Shirt and Tie Worn for most formal occasions
More than forty costumes exhibited in groupings inspired by the show and real life at Biltmore includes military and servant uniforms along with clothes worn by the aristocracy.
Maids in line
The clothes harken back to a more Gilded Age and comparisons can be made from Downton to the Biltmore, an estate of the same era.
The Biltmore Estate doesn’t have a big collection of clothing from the Vanderbilt family. They have a few great dresses and for some reason, a lot of shoes. These are displayed on a rotating basis at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village on the estate.
The period costumes in the exhibition cover the period from 1912 through WWI and into the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s.
Non-pass holders can purchase tickets for a regular estate visit and there is no additional ticket required for the exhibition.
Seems they had a beautiful silver coffee and tea service that no one in the family wanted to inherit. When they saw photos of the Inn in the newspaper, they thought this would be perfect surroundings for their family’s treasure!!! Would we take it? Jan and Mitch came to the Inn with this beautiful gift which now sits in the formal parlor, looking perfectly at home.
Over the years we have received a few gifts that guests wanted us to have to add to the homes décor but nothing quite as fantastic as this gift. The Mitchell’s were very gracious and spent about a half hour touring the house and talking about how that silver service ended up here.
We enjoyed meeting them and thank them kindly for this beautiful gift. We told them that any time they or their daughters wished to visit the silver it was an open adoption and they were welcome to come by.
The silver has found a home and the Mitchell’s are very happy about it and so are we!!!
Just before Christmas, Bob and I decided we had earned a respite from the bed and breakfast, so we attended “Gimcrack Day” at the Thomas Wolfe House. It had been a while since we visited the museum and house, so we thought it would be an interesting thing to do.
Thomas Wolfe, probably Asheville’s most famous author, wrote of his childhood, “he was liberally dowered with bright painted Gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart, he hated those who advocated useful gifts.”
“Gimcracks” can be defined as a cheap and showy ornament; a knickknack. In keeping with Wolfe’s advocacy for cheap and showy ornaments or knickknacks, the museum offered visitors an opportunity to make little Christmas ornaments to take home. Everyone there was so friendly and made the experience so pleasant. They served hot chocolate and cookies while you were busy working.
My Little Angel
Bob and I returned home with our very own Gimcracks, cute Christmas Angels made from coffee filters, which we added to our tree.
While there, after putting our treasured Gimcracks in the car, we went back in to tour the museum and the boarding house that was run by his mother where he grew up. We had a very knowledgeable guide and it was time well spent.
There are so many things to do while in Asheville, but time spent at the Thomas Wolfe House will add greatly to your visit.
We are the 5th couple to have had the honor of caring for this beautiful piece of history.
O.B. Wright House
Each of the preceding innkeepers brought their own style and personality to the property. As stated in previous “Blogs” The Wright Inn and Carriage House is celebrating it’s 25 Anniversary as being a bed and breakfast. One little known fact is that it served as a home for many people prior to it’s latest life as a bed and Breakfast inn by housing borders for at least 50 of it’s previous years. We have had numerous folks stay with us that lived here in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Sharing their memories and hearing the stories they relay to us is very interesting.
Come stay with us and experience the feel and ambiance of a more gentle period in time.
Our Holiday Biltmore Estate Package includes 2 daytime tickets (good for 2 consecutive days) to The Biltmore Estate including the Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery.
For guests staying at our bed and breakfast inn for three+ (3) consecutive weekday evenings (Mon-Thursday), we will provide 2 FREE Upgrades to The Biltmore Candlelight Extravaganza! Experience this beautiful home lit only by candlelight and firelight.
These passes MUST BE scheduled in advance due to being Date/Time specific, so please call (828) 251-0789 to reserve your tickets and request an entry time.
Tickets are reduced to $50.00 (per Ticket+tax). Candlelight Upgrades are NO CHARGE for our three night guests.
Offered November 30, 2014 through January 3, 2015.
For folks who have read the history of the inn on our website or some of our blogs, you are already aware that the O. B. Wright House (currently known as The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House) was designed by architect George F. Barber. He was an Illinois architect who sold his designs through mail order catalogs which pre-dated the Sears and Roebuck catalog homes idea.
During a very busy October, we were honored to have as our guests, Charley Hutchinson (grandson) and David Hutchinson (great-grandson) of George F. Barber. George was already dead by the time Charley was born, so he has no personal recollection of his grandfather nor any personal mementos; but they were thrilled to be staying in a home designed by their ancestor. We were happy to have these two delightful gentlemen staying with us.