Today, March 27, is the birthday of the Commodore. I found several articles about his birthday celebrations and decided to share this one from his 82nd birthday, his last.
On Friday, Commodore Vanderbilt was feeling extremely well, but, yesterday morning, there was a slight change for the worse. Toward evening he was feeling much better, and enjoyed a long nap. Yesterday was the 82nd birthday of Mr. Vanderbilt. A few intimate friends of the family called and several floral tributes were presented to him, with hopes that he might soon be once more seen driving in the Central Park — [N.Y. World].
Source: Cincinatti Daily Times, May 30, 1876.
On April 20, 1940, Mrs. Anne Harriman Vanderbilt, wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt, passed away in New York. Vanderbilt was her third husband – she’d previously been married to Samuel Sands and Lewis Rutherford Jr.
Anne and William were married April 29, 1903. I found a photo of her in a New York newspaper, The Evening World.
I also one day, while doing some research in a Tennessee newspaper, just happened upon her obituary.
Tennessean newspaper – April 21, 1940.
Today is the 87th birthday of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, the 11th Duke of Marlborough. He is the grandson of Conseulo Vanderbilt.
1987 photo from Wikipedia
Tonight, I’m watching the History Channel documentary – The Men Who Built America. Specifically, the episode discussing Cornelius Vanderbilt. It has been interesting to watch and I’ve learned quite a bit more about Vanderbilt. Click on the picture below to get to a short video clip.
For the full video you’d have to purchase it, but you can also look for it at a local library. It’s worth a watch!
From the July 6, 1900 issue of the Roanoke Beacon Newspaper of Plymouth, NC.
George W. VANDERBILT is contemplating the erection of a handsome inn at Biltmore on the plaza near the office of the estate.
Today while at work, I heard a commotion outside my office window – heard clapping. I looked out and saw a crowd. Since I’ve just joined Instagram I’ve got picture-taking on my mind, so I took one.
Turns out it was for National Walking Day and a group had convened in front of the library to begin a 20-minute walk.
It was only after I took the picture when I realized that the Commodore mascot was in it. How fun! If I’d known he was going to be there, I may have walked
The Biltmore Estate has a Facebook page and today I learned something — the upcoming movie, Hunger Games, was partially filmed near there. I wonder what GWV would think?
There is a great discussion going on at the page though – name movies filmed at Biltmore!
Can you name a few? Give up? Check out a list here.