Title: Book Review: Around Biltmore Village
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: The Laurel of Asheville
Date: January 2009
Around Biltmore Village, by local author Bill Alexander, has just been released by Arcadia Publishing as part of its popular series "Images of America." The book chronicles the history of Biltmore Village with more than 200 vintage photographs.
Biltmore Village was built in the late 1890's near the entrance to George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. It was one of the first planned mixed-use communities in the nation where people could live, play and work, with stores, a post office, and churches all easily accessible. Over the years, the village has become a famous destination for tourists, with a variety of retailers and fine restaurants lining the tree-shaded streets.
Alexander (for 30 years a horticulturist and historian of the Biltmore Estate) is also the author of The Biltmore Nursery: A Botanical Legacy, published in 2007 by The History Press. He is a native of Asheville and grew up near Biltmore Village, and says he's always had an avid interest in history, including that of his own family. He's traced his family's roots back to the founding of Buncombe County, including a fifth-great grandfather who was the country's first sheriff.
In addition to providing valuable historical information, Alexander hopes Around Biltmore Village will help "evoke readers' memories of a special place and time in their own past…" It's important, he says, for people "to preserve their heritage for their children and grandchildren through photographic images, journals, newspaper articles, oral histories and books."
Around Biltmore Village is $21.99 and a set of 15 postcards of images from the book is $7.99. For more information, visit arcadiapublshing.com.