Blithewold, an American Garden Treasure

Blithewold is a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay and is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place Era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms, and is framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh, and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold.

…Come and be inspired.

Programs & Events

Wednesday Walk-arounds

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/Mckee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings and elegant holiday scenes.
The guided tour continues outdoors with a short walk to Blithewold’s newly expanded Greenhouse Complex that will be decked out for the Holidays too!
$6 per person in addition to regular admission.

Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event

Friday, November 25, 2016 to Friday, December 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Nights Sparkle! A marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event! Each Friday night a different group will present two performances of carol singing, from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. around the bonfire.

Children’s Holiday Story Time

Wednesday, Dec 7, 14, & 21
Come gather around the piano in Blithewold’s beautifully decorating Living Room for a reading of a selection of favorite holiday stories accompanied by soft piano music. We might even sing a few songs! After story time, join us for a cookie, cocoa, and a craft.
Donate a new or gently used storybook for a child in need this holiday season and get in Free!
This program is best suited to children 4 years old and up, but all are welcome.

A place for family and friends to gather and celebrate.

The Van Wickle family hosted many parties and celebrations at Blithewold. One of the most notable celebrations was Marjorie Van Wickle and George Lyon’s wedding, which took place on June 1, 1914, in an elegant outdoor ceremony in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden.

Come and visit Blithewold today

Our Mission is to preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Come and experience Blithewold today.

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114)
Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809