The Great Beech, Fagus sylvatica, is the largest of many specimen trees Richard Wistar planted around 1860 when he purchased and named the Andorra Farm. The tree was designated a Pennsylvania State Champion European Beech in 2006 with a height of over 102 feet.
Read more about the history of the Andorra Natural Area here!
Check out this Google Map to explore this and other unique historical points of interest, and become acquainted with the many trailheads in Wissahickon Valley Park!
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You probably don’t need us to tell you how special Wissahickon Valley Park is. It’s 1800 acres provides habitat to wildlife, refuge & recreation to over a million visitors per year, and protects the drinking water for one third of Philadelphians. The park can’t take care of itself, however. It needs responsible park users and stewards to keep this special place clean and sustainable for generations to come.