Shriek Show - Biltmore Estate Kate Shields and Abby Gehlhausen
For this segment, we are traveling all the way to the Biltmore Estate located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Estate was completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. It is on 125,000 acres and has 250 rooms. Two of the most distinguished designers of the 19th century worked on the estate: architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. George originally created a country retreat where he could pursue his passion for art, literature, and horticulture. When George got married, he and his wife, Edith, moved into the estate where they had and raised their first and only child. The Biltmore remains the largest privately owned home in the United States.
George Vanderbilt died in 1914 and his estate passed through his daughter to his grandsons. They decided to open the estate to the public. Ever since then, there have been rumors that the founders of the estate may still be around.
George loved his library and spent a lot of his time in it. He would particularly retreat to the library when a storm was coming. Guests have claimed to see a shadowy figure in the library when the sky is dark and a storm is approaching. His wife would often have to go to the library to remind him that it was time to see guests. People claim to hear a woman’s voice whispering “George” when they walk through the library.
The estate was always a lively place to be. Many workers and visitors have reported hearing the sounds of clinking glasses, laughter, and part of music echoing through the halls. There have also been reports of the sounds of splashing coming from the estate’s now-empty swimming pool.