Mon Apr 13, 2015 02:37 PM CDT

The opulent 250-room Biltmore, in Asheville, N.C., is most famous as the largest private home in U.S. history. Finished in 1895 by shipping and railroad heir George W. Vanderbilt, it’s less appreciated as a working farm designed to be a self-sufficient island in what was then a remote mountain community (visit

“I always tell people it was probably of necessity they wanted to raise their own food because there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot outside the front gate,” says Ted Katsigianis, Biltmore’s vice president for agriculture and environmental sciences. An ...

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