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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for December 24, 2020

Photo of the Biltmore House with reflecting pool in the Biltmore gardens Esplanade.
John H. Tarbell
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC circa 1900.

It was on this date in 1814 that the Treaty of Ghent was signed between the United States and Great Britain. The treaty ended the War of 1812. And it was on this date in 1895 that the Biltmore Estate was finished in Asheville, NC. The Biltmore was and still is the largest privately owned house in the United States.