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.

Astronomy Bonfire at Blithewold Mansion

Friday, October 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Gather around the bonfire at beautiful Blithewold Mansion to hear how your favorite constellations got their names. Enjoy some hot cider and a star program with naturalist Fred Orwiler. Learn more about the night sky and enjoy the company of family, friends and fellow members.

Blithewold’s Garden Design Luncheon

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 10:00 am
Support Blithewold’s educational programming and join us for an illustrated talk on The Evolution of Sakonnet Garden, 40 years in the making. Rhode Island Designers, John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli, will trace the stages of developing their garden in Little Compton, RI. The talk will be followed by a delectable luncheon and a raffle. A selection of plants from Opus Nursery will be available for sale. Proceeds support Blithewold’s year round mission to educate and inspire. Reservations are required.

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