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Located just south of Bristol on Hwy 114, this historic mansion was the summer residence of Pennsylvania coal magnate Augustus Van Wickle. The 45-room 1908 mansion, styled after a typical 19th century English country manor, is surrounded by 33 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and exotic plants, including a 90-foot giant Sequoia, native to California. Pamphlets identify the many plant species along a self-guided trail. Guided tours are also available; events are scheduled year-round. Picnicking is permitted on the grounds; hours vary seasonally.

Location: Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol Rhode Island 02809 Telephone 401-253-2707 Fax 401-53-0412

Other History nearby:
(Warwick) Apponaug Village
(Newport) Astors' Beechwood Mansion and Museum
(Old Mystic) B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill
(Barrington) Barrington Town Hall
(Fall River) Battleship Cove
(Newport) Belcourt Castle

12/08 Coming to The Bristol area
Hebron Maple Festival Hebron CT March16-17 Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Vernon CT April27 The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program ""to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut"", has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena.
Spring Plant Sale Westford NH April27 The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Fairgrounds.