William Hamilton Membership


William Hamilton Membership


$2,250 is tax-deductible

Hamilton Membership Benefits include: 

  • Invitations to Members-only events (including behind-the-scenes tours of the Mansion and grounds; special lectures; and happy hours)

  • Discounted pricing for ticketed events (excludes The Woodlands Annual Benefit)

  • Occasional exclusive after-dark access to The Woodlands

  • 4 complimentary tickets to a special event or lecture of your choice (excludes The Woodlands Annual Benefit)

  • Free household membership to give to recipient of your choice

  • $200 discount on one private event rental at The Woodlands (excludes catering costs)

  • A 2-hour Madeira tasting held at the mansion, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Woodlands for you and 20 of your guests (must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance)

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About William Hamilton (1745-1813)

Hamilton was born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family of colonial lawyers and politicians. In 1766, at the age of 21, he inherited over 300 acres of land on the west side of the Schuylkill River. There he built a classical villa with a two-story columned portico overlooking the waterway. After the Revolution, Hamilton traveled to England and visited grand country estates.

By his return in 1786 he had determined to rebuild his house in the adventurously modern classical taste pioneered by British architects Robert and James Adam. He more than doubled the villa’s size, devising major additions to the east and west. The reworked first floor greeted the visitor with three social spaces of contrasting shapes leading from a domed vestibule. Full kitchen and service facilities were incorporated in a windowed cellar. At The Woodlands one finds the earliest full realization in this country of many of the characteristics of the Federal style, which would reign over American architecture for the next few decades.

Hamilton is interred at Christ Church in Philadelphia. 

Image above: Portrait of William Hamilton and Ann Hamilton Lyle  (1745-1813) by Benjamin West. Oil on canvas. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.