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.

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.

…Come and be inspired.

 

Programs & Events

Archives and Collections Tour

Thursday's - April 6 - October 12 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Blithewold’s Tour Guide will take you up to the Mansion’s third floor for a “behind the scenes” tour of the newly expanded and repurposed Archives and Collections area. The tour will include the Costumes Collection area, with over 100 dresses; shoes and hats; books and paintings collections; and research and transcription facilities, with storage for the thousands of family letters, photographs, and diaries that were saved by the Pardee, Van Wickle, McKee and Lyon families.
This tour is limited to 8 people and is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
$6 per person in addition to regular admission. Reservations are required.

Music at Sunset: Summer Concert Series

Wednesdays, July 19 through August 30, 6–8 pm
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family! Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets.
$7 Member, $10 Non-Member

Family Fun Fridays

Fridays, August 25
Free with Admission!

Concert from 11 am–12 pm
Picnic and crafts from 12–1 pm
Blithewold’s Family Fun Fridays are the ultimate way to enjoy a summer afternoon. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances.
After the performance, enjoy a nature-inspired craft activity, face painting, and pizza.

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!

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

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