While we’re in the area and all immersed in the legacy of George Vanderbilt, we wanted to visit the Cradle of Forestry located only about 8 miles from Mt Pisgah Campground.
The Cradle of Forestry is the location of the first school of forestry in the United States. It came about thanks to George Vanderbilt. Most of the 125,000 acres of Vanderbilt was forest (which he called the “Pisgah Forest”) and for him the forest was all about making money. He wanted someone to manage his forest so that profits would continue to roll in. He hired Gifford Pinchot to oversee his forest. Pinchot eventually passed this job on to Carl Schenck. It was Schenck, who had been educated in a German forestry school, who had the vision to open a forestry school in America.
The Biltmore Forest School opened in 1898 and turned out to be very successful. During the 15 years in which the school was in operation, some 350 students studied the science of forestry. From this small beginning came the Forest Service of today.
In 1914 the Forest Service purchased the “Pisgah Forest”, which also included the site of the Biltmore Forest School, from George Vanderbilt’s widow, Edith. Her only request was that the name be retained. Today, we know this area as Pisgah National Forest.
|Cradle of Forestry Visitor Center|
|The Biltmore Forest School|
|The King House|
|The Rangers' Residence with Gene and our volunteer guide|
We will definitely be back to the Cradle of Forestry. We had no idea it entailed so much and didn’t allow nearly enough time to do it justice. We’ll be back.
|Jo, Fred, and Boo Boo taken in Rio Grande Valley in 2009|
That’s it for today. Thanks for tagging along.