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ASHEVILLE – When people say fruitcake lasts forever, they probably don’t really expect it to be around quite this long.

But a small piece of cake, likely from the groom’s cake at the 1924 wedding of Biltmore heiress Cornelia Vanderbilt and English aristocrat John Cecil, is now part of the Biltmore collection of Vanderbilt-related artifacts.

And what does nonagenarian fruitcake look like? Old cheese.

Candler resident Frederick Cothran, 96, discovered the tiny gift box in a trunk he inherited from his aunt, Bonnie Revis, a cook at Biltmore House from 1924-35. He called Biltmore’s museum services department to say he had what he thought was a piece of cheese from Biltmore House. Read more.

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