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 42nd Year 1980-2022
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
- James C. Biddle
- Edward E. Biddle
- Kristin C. Biddle
- Willing L. Biddle
- Donald R. Caldwell
- Amy M. Coes
- Melissa B. Epperly
- Alexandra A. Kirtley
- Francis J. Leto
- William F. McLaughlin Jr.
- Albert B. Murphy, III
- Katharine H. Norris (Emeritus Trustee)
- Gretchen E. Roede
- Andrew C. Rose
- James A. Scott
- June Marshall Smith
- Richard Wood Snowden
- Laura S. Thayer
- Director of Collections, Interpretation & Engagement: John Vick
- Manager of Finance & Administration: Lori Hogan
- Manager of Development & Marketing: Debra M. Hojsak
- Archives & Collections Consultant: Connie S. Griffith Houchins
- Head Gardener: William Fuchs
- Gardeners/Horticulturists: Jenna Bachman
- Rosarian: Heather Schmidt
- Senior Grounds Keeper: James Harper
- Grounds Keeper: Eddie Shepeski
- Housekeeping: Rosemarie Mendoza
- House Guides: Debbie Schmidt (Head Guide), Richard Brady, Debbie Klak, Mary LeGierse, MaryJean McCauley, Lisa Panzer, Heather Schmidt, Bert Wolfe
PHL17‘s Kelsey Fabian recently visited Andalusia to preview its 2021 season by exploring the spring garden highlights before touring the Big House.
Metro Philly‘sMolly 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 (April 1, 2021).
Philadelphia Magazine recently featured a picturesque midsummer wedding at Andalusia on their Philadelphia Wedding blog. The stunning photographs spotlight the high-fashion couple and the historic grounds of Andalusia.
“The Rise and Fall of a Financial Titan” Philadelphia Inquirer article January 8, 2017. Learn about Nicholas Biddle as the 19th century’s answer to Alexander Hamilton.
The “showdown” between Nicholas Biddle and Andrew Jackson was recently featured on NPR’s Planet Money: The Economy Explained with host Jacob Goldstein. The segment is based in part on an interview with author Cordelia Frances Biddle, great-great-great-granddaughter of Nicholas Biddle, who is currently working on his biography.
Journalist Carl LaVo shared his visit to Andalusia with the Bucks County Courier Times.
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.