Aug 12, 2020
   What does a young lady do during the summer at Andalusia in the late 19th century? During the month of August in 1886, 14 year old Katharine Craig...
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Mar 31, 2020

John and Margaret Craig's Country House

     Family legend relates that Margaret Craig sketched a design on paper for the house that would become known as Andalusia. Unfortunately, Andalusia’s archives do not contain that sketch, but perhaps it is actually the drawing on the inside back...
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Jul 11, 2019

Aftermath: Aaron Burr & Charles Biddle Following the Burr-Hamilton Duel

Shortly after sunrise on July 11, 1804, two parties of men rowed across the Hudson River from New York City to an isolated spot under the Palisades of New Jersey in what is today Weehawken Township.  In this remote location, Aaron Burr, then the...
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Apr 08, 2019

Receipts Tell Stories: Letitia Glenn Biddle

 Letitia Glenn Biddle (1864-1950) came to live at Andalusia as a new bride to Charles Biddle (1857-1923) in 1888. Her love of horticulture was evident early during her life at Andalusia, when she recorded in garden journals her observation of...
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Dec 04, 2018

Christmas Memories from Andalusia

In 1981, James Biddle wrote an article for a magazine about Christmas at Andalusia when he was a boy. Never published, this piece captures his creative writing talent and gives a glimpse into life in the Big House during the holiday season. I often...
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Aug 29, 2018

An Affair of Honor on the Western Frontier: The Pettis-Biddle Duel

  To Charles Biddle, Esq., Nashville, Tennessee                                                                         St. Louis, 31 August 1831 My dear Sir, You have no doubt heard of the death of your brother, Thomas, by a wound rec’d in a...
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Feb 05, 2017

Big House Boxwood

In late 2015, the garden staff undertook an experiment to save the boxwood on the carriage entrance side of the Big House. The shrubs were extremely old, overgreen and diseased but, because of their age, it was determined worthwhile to work to save...
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Mar 10, 2016

Walled Garden News

The walls of the graperies, now called the Walled Garden, were constructed in 1834-1836 with greenhouses attached in which grapes were grown. By the 1890s, however, the greenhouses were no longer standing and there was a boxwood hedge planted within...
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