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

Portrait of a Garden: A Film Screening

Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 1 pm
In a picturesque garden on a grand country estate, two long-time friends, an 85-year-old pruning master, and the gardener, tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees, the orchard, and lush grapevines, they talk about food, the weather, their craft (which is quickly disappearing), and the changing world around them. For 15 years, they’ve been working on the pear arbor, but will it finally come together this year? What about the harvest? Will it be ready for the end-of-season banquet? Capturing one year in the life of the historic garden, magnificent documentary Portrait of a Garden is a beautiful, transcendent viewing experience.

In Dutch, with English subtitles.

$10 Member, $20 Non-MemberPre-registration is required.

Easter Bunny Tea and Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 11:00 am and 1:15 pm
Bring the entire family to enjoy a special Easter Bunny Tea and Easter Egg Hunt at the beautiful Blithewold Mansion. Enjoy delicious treats, finger sandwiches, tea, and hot cocoa. There is no better place to hunt for eggs than Blithewold’s expansive Great Lawn! Children will also have the opportunity to meet and take a professional photo with the Easter Bunny to remember this special day. You must be registered for the tea to participate in the egg hunt. Our teas fill quickly and are by advance registration only.
Tickets: $25 Children, $32 Adult

Atwater-Donnelly at Blithewold Mansion

Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present a delightful program of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance this spring at beautiful Blithewold Mansion. Elwood and Aubrey will blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments that appeals to all ages. Refreshments will be served at Intermission. Arrive early and explore the gardens!

$15 Member, $25 Non-member
Pre-registration is 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

TRAFFIC/ROAD CLOSURE: Ferry Road in Bristol is closed to local traffic only until December 15, 2017. Anyone traveling over the Mt. Hope Bridge, north or south Route 136, or south on Route 114 should allow for 15 minutes of extra travel time AND access Ferry Road through Griswold Avenue off of Rt. 136.

There will be a road sign stating road closed, but you can go through the cones and proceed down Griswold. Turn left at the stop sign onto Ferry Road. Blithewold is 1/2 mile on the right.