An Evening at White Acre

Experience the setting of White Acre on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at an intimate dinner with Elizabeth Gilbert, the international best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things.

The house and gardens of Alma Whittaker's family estate, White Acre, in Gilbert's critically acclaimed novel The Signature of All Things were inspired by a very real colonial Philadelphia estate with a surprising horticultural history. At The Woodlands, you'll discover the amazing true story of William Hamilton, a gentleman botanist who cultivated his mansion-house and landscape in the English country style. Reminders of his horticultural influence are ubiquitous along city streets and in front gardens, as the tree and plant species he introduced to North America continue to be planted throughout the country (and perhaps in your own yard!).

Discover The Woodlands for yourself with Elizabeth Gilbert during An Evening at White Acrea once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine with the author of The Signature of All Things at the place that inspired the setting of her novel. Explore the impressive Federal-style mansion overlooking the Schuylkill River that is home to the fictional Whitacre family. Raise a toast in the stable where Alma spent her days researching moss as Liz reads from her favorite passages of The Signature of All Things. Dine under the stars with Liz as a warm summer breeze blows among the old-growth trees at this 54-acre historic site and arboretum in Philadelphia, and watch as the sun sets over the patined 18th century buildings.