“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Frederick Law Olmsted

Biltmore Estate Landscape Architect


— 1822 - 1903 —

Frederick Law Olmsted Marker image. Click for full size.
August 10, 2012
1. Frederick Law Olmsted Marker
Inscription.  As work progressed on Biltmore Estate, his last and largest private project, Frederick Law Olmsted observed, "It is a great work of peace we are engaged in and one of these days we shall all be proud of our parts in it." It was Olmsted who suggested the country's first scientifically managed forest be established at Biltmore Estate. He is remembered with gratitude for his vision, his creative genius, and his reverence for the land.

Dedicated April 21, 1995
Commemorating Biltmore Estate's Centennial and the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Olmsted Parks
Erected 1995.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical date for this entry is April 21, 1680.
Location. 35° 32.412′ N, 82° 33.196′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker can be reached from One Biltmore Plaza. On the Biltmore Estate. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of American Forestry (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Biltmore's Historic Gardens
Frederick Law Olmsted image. Click for full size.
2. Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted, as painted by John Singer Sargent. George Washington Vanderbilt II asked Sargent to paint Olmstead while he worked on Biltmore Estate. The painting, completed in 1895, still hangs in Biltmore.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Olmsted at Biltmore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Italian Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring Deer Park Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Siting Biltmore House and Stables (about 400 feet away); Biltmore Dairy Bar (about 500 feet away); Shrub Garden (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asheville.
More about this marker. On the porch overlooking the South Terrace.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2012. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2021, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2012. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022