Ballygomingo, an elegant 18th century home was acquired by Graham Arader over forty years ago and recently went through a full renovation to restore the building to its former grandeur. It once served as George Washington's headquarters on his way to Valley Forge in 1777 and has a garden laid out by John Bartram in the 18th century. The grounds have been planted with a glorious collection of trees including the oldest Metasequoia or Dawn Redwood in the United States. It is the first of its kind to grow in the Western Hemisphere in over two million years. The forester, Zhan Wang, took samples from a mysterious stand of trees deep in a valley in the Hubei Province of Central China and showed the world that this masterpiece tree was not extinct. The "living fossil" on this property was planted by Robert Dechert, who owned Ballygomingo in the 1950's.
The interior includes a collection of 18th and 19th century maps relating to Pennsylvania as well as a fine selection of paintings, watercolors and engravings of city views and natural history.
Ballygomingo is open for collectors on Saturday-Tuesday, with Graham Arader on hand to meet with visitors. Lori Cohen, Director of Arader Galleries Philadelphia will be available on Mondays at Ballygomingo to meet with clients. Appointments are available at other times by appointment.
We encourage you to call ahead for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!
Arader Galleries at Ballygomingo
1000 Boxwood Court
King of Prussia, PA 19406