The Biltmore Legacy Museum

Several of my favorite Biltmore artifacts have been moved to Antler Hill Village over the years. I appreciate this move because it allows a closer look at these treasures. Two of my favorites are the Napoleon chess set and the many place settings of china, crystal and silver used during formal banquets.

The chess set was originally owned by Napoleon Bonaparte. I was not at liberty to use the flash, but you can see how ornate each piece is.

Each piece is a masterpiece.

My daughter and I discussed the many pieces of silver, china, and crystal necessary for each guest. Good thing there were many servants to cook, serve and clean up. Many local folks were employed by the Biltmore Estate.

I have used my formal china , crystal and silver only a handful of times during my 37 years marriage. I guess I need to quit protecting it and use it.

There are many more fascinating artifacts in the Legacy Museum. Make sure you stop by there before you leave the grounds.


7 thoughts on “The Biltmore Legacy Museum

  1. What an interesting post! It’s amazing to think about the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into the artifacts you mentioned. I’ve been to Biltmore a few times and I’m always in awe of the pieces they have there. I find it fascinating to think about the many servants employed by the Biltmore Estate and how they must have kept everything running smoothly. How often do you think the Biltmore family used their formal china, crystal, and silver? I’m curious to know if they used it often or if it was reserved for special occasions.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Kathy. From what I have read, there was a parade of guests during the seasonal weather. One book states that ” the hundreds of pieces of family table service was monogrammed CSV.”


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