Sep 02, 2021
        In 1870, five years after the Union victory in the American Civil War, the City of Philadelphia was a hustling, bustling metropolis of...
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Jul 03, 2021

The Farmers' Club at Andalusia

     Among the books in the Andalusia archives, a number contain the Minutes of the Farmers’ Club of Pennsylvania. This small club was an auxiliary to the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture (PSPA), one of the first agriculture societies...
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May 04, 2021

A History of the Green Walk

 The musings of James Biddle (1929-2005) were included in the Friends of Andalusia newsletter, The Column, in the Fall 2004 edition. With the recent changes to Andalusia's gardens by designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd, James Biddle's...
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Aug 12, 2020

Kitty's Diary

   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 Biddle, affectionately known as Kitty, began writing in a diary, a gift from her Aunt Meta. Her...
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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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