The Vanderbilts

The Family that Built a Transportation Empire

The Vanderbilts were one of the oldest and best-known families in America. Jan Aertsen van der Bilt emigrated from Holland around 1650. Although his descendants prospered as farmers on Staten Island, New York, they lived modestly; it was only during the lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), known as the “Commodore,” that the family name became synonymous with extraordinary wealth.

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  • Oct 20 2008

    “Over the Seven Seas”: A Film Starring William K. Vanderbilt II

    William K. Vanderbilt II (Jr.), his wife Rosamund, his friends Mr. and Mrs. Earle Smith and crew set on a world cruise in 1931 aboard his beautiful 265-foot yacht Alva. They departed Long Island and traveled through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos Islands, the Society Islands, Samoa, Australia, Java, Bora

  • Aug 15 2008

    Question of the Week: Can you Identify this Signed Willie K. Photo?

    I have a photo signed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. taken, I believe, at Daytona Beach, Florida. The caption reads "Official world's record made by W.K.V.Jr. in this Mercedes car. From 1 to 50 miles, the latter distance accomplished in 40 min. 49 4/5 sec. Date Jan. 1904. W.K. Vanderbilt Jr. "

  • May 20 2008

    Vanderbilt Family Website

    The excellent Vanderbilt Family Genealogy website provides an excellent article on this website. This genealogy website is a must for all of us Vanderbilt fanatics.

  • Apr 16 2008

    Calling All Vanderbilt Cup Race Families has heard from several relatives of participants in the Vanderbilt Cup Races including George Robertson, Frank Lee, Al Poole and Harry Grant. If your relative participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races as a driver or mechanician, leave a post or contact us and I will send you complimentary

  • Mar 21 2008

    Question of the Day: Searching for Willie K’s Oldest Surviving Car

    William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. owned may cars during his lifetime including Mercedes, Moras, Renaults, DeDietrichs and Chryslers. Does anyone know the oldest Willie K car that has survived today?

  • Mar 04 2008

    Film “1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race”

    Welcome to! In one of the earliest sports films ever made, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race action was captured by cameramen G.W. Bitzer and A.E. Weed of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in Westbury and Plainedge.

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