Biltmore Village is a small village that is now entirely in the city limits of Asheville and near the town of Biltmore Forest. The village is adjacent to the main entrance of the Biltmore Estate, built by George W. Vanderbilt.
Formerly called Best, the Biltmore Village was created to be a "company town" for the estate workers. The community was designed and planned to mimic the qualities of an English country village. Biltmore Village had its own church, which is still in operation today as the Cathedral of All Souls, an Episcopal place of worship.
Biltmore Village had a hospital, shops, a school, a railroad depot, and other services available. The village was officially incorporated into the City of Asheville in the early 20th century. Today, Biltmore Village is a commercial district containing a collection of various shops, restaurants, and other local businesses.
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