Your innkeepers are Irish and so it should come as no surprise we are “lovers of the land.” We continue through our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn launches Explore Biltmore-Part IV series called Legacy of the Land Tour.
Biltmore Estate is an awesome structure by anyone’s evaluation but to me the land conservancy aspect of the Estate has always held a special place in my heart. Much of the land purchased for use of Biltmore Estate had already been cleared for farming and timber. Instruction had been given to take down the less viable or damaged trees clearing way for the care, maintenance and long term health of the others. Efforts were made to revitalize over farmed areas and 300 white pine were also planted. A trained forester was hired in 1892, Gifford Pinchot and he implemented a plan that included all of the following: tree identification, thinning weaker trees to enhance stability of others, recording growth conditions and also a timber per acre count. Later in his career, after his tenure at Biltmore Estate, he sojourned north to D.C. where he became head of the Division of Forestry; later known as U. S. Forest Service. His successor, Dr. Carl A. Schenck, took over in 1895 in charge of the forest acres- which at that time numbered 100,000 acres. He established Biltmore Forest School the very first school of its kind in the United States. In the 15 years it was operation it educated more than 300 students many of whom went on to service as the first generation of American foresters.
In 1914, Edith Vanderbilt sold approximately 86,700 acres of forested mountain land on the Estate to the federal government the first addition to the formation of Pisgah Forest. In 1968, The Cradle of Forestry, was named in America by an act of Congress and was formed accessing 6,500 acres of Pisgah.
The Legacy of the Land Tour is offered with motorcoach transportation designed to explore areas of this land customarily not accessible to guests. Tour takers will be treated to more history of the land, structural edifices on the property and also former residences. The cost is $19.00 in addition to your Biltmore Estate Day Pass.
This tour is sure to bring a great experience to anyone enjoying forests, conservancy, gardeners and lovers of nature.
At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn is minute by comparison but our garden is nearly a 12 year plan and we would be delighted to show it to you during your with us in Asheville.
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