Andalusia survives today because so many people have given their time and resources to caring for this extraordinary place.
The Andalusia Foundation is dedicated to preserving the Big House, its archives, and collection for the benefit of the general public, and to ensure that this jewel of American history survives to delight and inform Americans for years to come.
Celebrating Our 44th Year 1980-2024
In 1980, James Biddle, then President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a leader of the historic preservation movement in the United States, made the decision to divide Andalusia and give away the Big House and nearly 15 acres of land to the Andalusia Foundation. The time had come, he felt, to share Andalusia’s beauty with others who would understand and appreciate it just as his family had for generations.
Today the Foundation comprises 50 acres of gardens and woodlands, the Big House, the Grotto, and other outbuildings throughout the property. Andalusia has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to share in its history and step back in time to imagine lives played out long before our own.
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BECOME A FRIEND OF ANDALUSIA
Friends of Andalusia receive free House Tours and Gardens Admission during public hours, as well as additional benefits.
Your generosity and engagement support the preservation of historic Andalusia’s buildings, gardens, and arboretum, enabling us to open the property to the public and preserve the site for future generations. Membership provides access to information, tours, and special events throughout the year, as well as the critical financial support required to maintain and open the estate for public tours. Your support is significant and extremely appreciated.
Andalusia is proud to be a member of America’s Garden Capital!
The Philadelphia region has a rich tradition of public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes. There are more than 30 gardens within 30 miles of Philadelphia.
In 1989, a consortium of Philadelphia-area gardens joined forces to promote their gardens and encourage visitation. That collaboration, one of the first of its kind in the country, is now Greater Philadelphia Gardens, whose member gardens attract more than two million visitors each year.
So much of the nation’s horticultural history is rooted in this region that it has been dubbed “the cradle of horticulture.” Today, Philadelphia has earned its place as ‘America’s Garden Capital’ with a surplus of public gardens offering a wide variety of horticultural display, and events, all year long.
BOARD & STAFF
The mission of the Andalusia Foundation is to preserve, maintain and interpret Andalusia Historic House, Gardens, and Arboretum, a National Historic Landmark, and its collections, outbuildings and grounds.
Board of Directors
- President: James C. Biddle
- Vice Chairman: Richard W. Snowden
- Treasurer: Donald R. Caldwell
- Secretary: Amy Coes
Board of Trustees
- Edward E. Biddle
- James C. Biddle
- John C. Biddle
- Kristin C. Biddle
- Willing L. Biddle
- Donald R. Caldwell
- Amy M. Coes
- Melissa B. Epperly
- Alexandra A. Kirtley
- Wendy McDevitt
- William F. McLaughlin Jr.
- Albert B. Murphy, III
- Gretchen E. Roede
- Andrew C. Rose
- James A. Scott
- June Marshall Smith
- Richard Wood Snowden
- Laura S. Thayer
- Katharine H. Norris (Trustee Emeritus)
- Executive Director: John Vick
- Business & Events Manager: Janna Winans
- Development & Membership Manager: Adrianna de Svastich
- Marketing & Visitation Manager: Bill D’Agostino
- Archives & Collections Consultant: Connie S. Griffith Houchins
- Head Gardener: William Fuchs
- Senior Horticulturist: Jenna Bachman
- Senior Groundskeeper: James Harper
- Groundskeeper: Eddie Shepeski
- Rosarian: Heather Schmidt
- Housekeeping: Rosemarie Mendoza
- House Guides: Debbie Schmidt (Head Guide), Richard Brady, Debbie Klak, Mary LeGierse, MaryJean McCauley, Lisa Panzer, Heather Schmidt, Bert Wolfe
In this richly illustrated article from House & Garden, Christopher Jordan details the new gardens and many plants added to Andalusia by acclaimed landscape designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd
The Magazine Antiques featured Owen Biddle Jr.’s 1806 The Young Carpenter’s Assistant, a rare first edition architecture manual in Andalusia’s collection, in an article by Benjamin Davidson and Pippa Biddle.
Featured in Bucks County Magazine, Lori Rose gives readers a glimpse into the impressive history of the Andalusia gardens.
PHL17‘s Kelsey Fabian visited Andalusia in 2021 to explore the spring garden highlights before touring the Big House.
Metro Philly‘s Molly Given detailed what guests can expect from the 2021 season and shared photos of Andalusia’s spring blossoms in “Philly’s Own Secret Garden.”
WHYY also highlighted Andalusia’s 2021 Season Opening in their list of “10 Things to Do This Week in Philly” column.
Philadelphia Magazine featured a picturesque midsummer wedding at Andalusia on their wedding blog. The stunning photographs spotlight the high-fashion couple and the historic grounds of Andalusia.
“The Rise and Fall of a Financial Titan,” a Philadelphia Inquirer article from January 8, 2017, describes Nicholas Biddle as the 19th century’s answer to Alexander Hamilton.
NPR’s Planet Money: The Economy Explained with Jacob Goldstein featured the “showdown” between Nicholas Biddle and Andrew Jackson. The segment was based in part on an interview with author Cordelia Frances Biddle, great-great-great-granddaughter of Nicholas Biddle.
JAMES BIDDLE AWARD
Every year the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia presents the Preservation Achievement Awards to individuals, organizations, businesses and projects from throughout the region that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. The Awards include Grand Jury Awards to specific projects and Special Recognition Awards to individuals and organizations whose extraordinary accomplishments in preservation contribute to the region’s unique character and sense of place.
The Alliance has presented more than 200 Grand Jury Awards and almost 100 Special Recognition Awards in the 20 year history of the Awards program. The most significant of the Special Recognition awards is the James Biddle Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in historic preservation. Named after past Alliance President Jimmy Biddle (1929-2005), who also served as President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recipients include Barbara and Henry Jordan, Henry Magaziner, Penelope Hartshorne Batchelor, Roger Moss, Richard Moe, retired Alliance Executive Director John Gallery, Lyle L. Rosenberger, and Janet S. Klein.