Blithewold's Site History
The Gardner House (1840's-1894) Blithewold I (1896-1906) Blithewold II (1908-present)
The following text is excerpted from the introduction of the BLITHEWOLD SITE HISTORY prepared by the MP consultants.
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.
Given the complexity of the buildings, landscape and collections, and the vast wealth of documentary material available, it was impossible to address all of their aspects within the context of this project. The primary focus has been on summarizing the history of the land and the buildings, and communicating this information in a way most useful for master planning. More emphasis has been given to the physical features and how decisions were made to build or alter them, than to the social and intellectual development of the site.
The primary source materials for this project were the written and graphic materials located in the Archives at Blithewold. There are many additional sources of information, which may add depth to the understanding of various aspects of the site; as individual areas are restored and/or re-interpreted, these investigations should take place.
Wednesday, April 06
- Wednesday, October 05
Saturday, April 16
- Saturday, October 08
Wednesday, May 04
- Monday, October 10
Stephen Procter Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden
Tuesday, May 31
- Tuesday, July 05
Archives and Collections Tour with Curator Margaret Whitehead
Wednesday, June 01
- Monday, October 10
Bristol Explorer Multi-Attraction Pass
Saturday, June 25
- Saturday, August 13
Summer Vacation Camp 2016
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. […]