Blithewold Mansion & Gardens is a 33-acre summer estate in Rhode Island that offers an experience in a comfortable setting approximately one hour drive from Boston (along Rte. 24) on the outskirts of Bristol. Blithewold is described as “a 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 value in representing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on domestic design in this country.” Visitors learn about the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate, see the greenhouse complex, saltwater bathtub and luxuriant décor, explore garden paths, a bamboo grove, or the waterfront area. Kids enjoy the large sequoia trees and may spot frogs basking in the sun on the lily pads.
There are various ways to explore the mansion and gardens. The organization offers self-guided casual visits for individuals or small groups; tickets are priced between $5.00 – $28.00 per person, depending on age or student/military status. Groups of eight or more can opt for self-guided or 90-minute guided tours. Note that the house is not air-conditioned so dress accordingly. We recommend a couple of light layers depending on the local weather on the day of your visit.
Onsite parking is available for cars and motor coaches. The first floor of the Mansion is accessible to the physically disabled. There are gravel pathways that lead to the Mansion and through the gardens, and benches throughout the grounds. Remember to wear comfortable shoes for touring the mansion and gardens and note that the mansion.
Blithewold Mansion & Gardens is located at 101 Ferry Road, (Rt. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island 02809. Contact 401.253.2707 for more information.