This beautifully preserved mansion is an authentic example of the Country Place Era.
Representing the influence of the arts and crafts movement in the country, the Blithewold has much to offer. It is one of only a few homes that were built in the 19th and early 20th century estates in New England that is true in its genuineness in all aspects. The furnishings, family artifacts, and even the plants on the property are true to its origin. The estate spans 33-acres and has paths, gardens, and spacious lawns. You will also admire the stone structures that are basically the same as they were when the home was originally built.
Bessie Van Wickle McKee was an avid gardener and had a distinct vision of what she wanted for the grounds, using the house as a center piece. The Van Wickle's, Augustus and Bessie, hired a landscape architect named John DeWolf who made that vision a reality. Go see the Bosque rock garden, the bamboo garden, a massive Sequoia tree, and Lover's Lane. The flowers and plants are amazing and the garden is magical no matter the season. They also host many activities during the year, such as Jazz, Opera, and Magic Lantern. Visitors can also attend a tea party with scones and finger sandwiches. This is a great place for a walk, come and see the Blithewold mansion if you're near Bristol, Rhode Island.