The Vanderbilt Travels Railway at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is another offering that the estate currently has on the grounds. The Biltmore continues to amaze me with the different things that are available for viewing. Chris and I are yearly pass holders and it has been worth the small investment as we can visit anytime we like. Lately it appears I have “liked” a great deal with multiple visits within a week at one point.
I already shared a few of my daytime pictures of the Chihuly outdoor glass exhibition here and am anxious to be there for the illuminated night tour. When Chris and I were there the last time together we discovered yet another secret exhibit tucked away in Antler Hill Village.
The Vanderbilt Travels Railway, a model train display highlighting George Vanderbilt’s travels with handcrafted architectural elements made from leaves, twigs, and other natural materials is available to view through Labor Day 2018 and it is a definite do not miss exhibit especially if you have children along. Who doesn’t love trains?
Hyde Park, New York
These replicas are constructed from twigs and leaves and all kinds of neat natural materials that the skilled artists from Applied Imagination who have designed and constructed the imaginative display.
Each building in the display represents a specific travel event in the life of the Vanderbilt family and the descriptive plaques help visitors to explore the travels. I was just taken aback by the details of the buildings and of course the trains that continually run the expansive tracks were a sight to see.
The exhibit is really interesting and adds another level to the story of the Vanderbilt family. The carefully placed descriptive signs detail the connection that the Vanderbilts had with each of the places in the exhibit and it absolutely boggles my mind when I think about what their life must have been like.
Arc De Triomphe
My best advice is to go visit the Biltmore this summer if at all possible. The exhibits, the house, the grounds are all in spectacular form this year and there is always something new being added. Their website is easy to navigate and calling to make reservations and get information is very easy with helpful folks at the other end of the phone. Check out their website by clicking here and to read more about the current train display click here.
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