Introduction | The Team | The Process | Key Findings | The Opportunites

 

Site History

 

 This site history was prepared as part of the Master Plan for Blithewold to document the physical evolution of the site, to identify character-defining features and to provide a platform for discussion of the significance of the site and its components. Communication of the site’s significance, in turn, will form the foundation for preservation and redevelopment recommendations in the Master Plan.  Read more... 

Gardner House, view from the north, prior to relocation south near Lovers Lane at Blithewold's property

          Gardner House, view from the north,                          Main entrance to the Gardner property 

 

The Statement of Cultural Significance

Blithewold, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed, best-documented and intact examples of the Country Place era in the United States, and for its high artistic value in representing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on domestic design in this country.  Read more...

 

 

                                                             Tennis & Boating at Blithewold

 

The Vision for Blithewold in the Future

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum is widely recognized as a thoughtfully conserved and authentic historic site of consequence; a cultural landscape of historical importance and contemporary relevance; and a place of tranquility, beauty, and repose.

Blithewold respects founding family member Bessie Van Wickle’s vision of creating “an estate in which new beauties are constantly revealed and the perfect accord between Architecture and Grounds is ever apparent.”

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 More Key Findings will be posted each month.

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    From Our Blog

  • Ranunculus are here! (May 27, '16)
      Spring is definitely in full swing here and already hinting at summer!  It was so warm this week that the lovely spring blooms we’ve been anxiously awaiting buckled a bit with the first blast of heat.  They have since recovered, but not without making our hearts skip a beat thinking they may go by […]
  • Springing into action (May 06, '16)
    Despite the wretched weather this week, we ushered in May with a flurry of activity.  The volunteers helped us pot up 100 dahlias in preparation for planting out in the gardens next month.  They also transplanted Cosmos and Zinnia seedlings that will eventually be planted in the Cutting Garden.  We are trialing about a dozen […]
  • A Boy’s Trip to Europe, 1869 (Apr 27, '16)
    In 1869, 16-year-old Israel Pardee left his home in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for a one-year educational journey through Europe, accompanied by his younger sister Anne. Israel (known in the family as Izzie) was Bessie McKee’s older brother and became Marjorie Van Wickle’s favorite Uncle. Izzie and Anne had joined the family of their father’s friend, Dr. […]
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