Last week I told you all about my wondeful week Home Alone. One of the things I did was to spend an afternoon strolling around the grounds and gardens of Blithewold Mansion in nearby Bristol, RI. The mansion was built in 1908 (to replace the original which was built in the mid 1890s and burned down in 1906), by coal magnate Augustus Van Wickle and his wife Bessie. When their daughter, Marjorie, died in 1976 she donated the mansion and its 33 acres to the public. Bessie and Marjorie were skilled horticulturists and the grounds/gardens are beyond fabulous. Not to mention Blithewold is situated on the lovely Narragansett Bay. Here are some photos I took that day to give you a feel for the place. I can't wait to go back with a picnic lunch and a book and spend a little more time just relaxing.
Front of the mansion
View from the Side Porch