Appleford is a handsome example of early Pennsylvania architecture, dating from 1705, with additions by renowned early restoration architect, Richardson Brognard Okie. Situated on a 24-acre arboretum and bird sanctuary, the estate was originally part of a 1692 land grant from William Penn.
Thomas Sears, landscape architect, was engaged to design the gardens, ponds and waterfalls that give the property its distinguished attraction and charm. In addition to the beauty of its surroundings, the Appleford mansion contains many important antique furnishings.
Appleford is considered the premier area setting for weddings, private parties, business meetings, and civic functions. Appleford uses a carefully screened list of leading area caterers and musicians.
Up to 200 guests may be accommodated for a seated dinner on the tented terrace. Inside the home, three large rooms can accommodate up to 135 guests for a non-seated event and can be utilized year-round. There is a “permanent” tent in-place over the terrace from April through November. Ample parking is available, and parking services are required for parties of 150 or more. A three-room bride’s suite is available at no extra charge for two hours prior to the ceremony. A charming groom’s room and bathroom are also available.
The grounds and gardens provide numerous settings for ceremonies and photographs: the medallion garden, the boxwood garden, the perennial garden, the rose garden and the woodland garden are just some of the areas which have attracted attention. Appleford maintains its own greenhouse and gardening staff, which carefully tend specimen planting for the delight of visitors.