BLITHEWOLD MANSION & GARDENS (1908, NR, HTRI)
Ferry Road, Route 114. Former summer home of Pennsylvania coal magnate, Augustus Van Wickle, this charming 45-room, turn-of-the-century mansion and 33-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens overlook Narragansett Bay and historic Bristol harbor. One of the first and most innovative arboretums in America, it features 50,000 flowering spring bulbs, a Japanese water garden, exotic bamboo stand and the largest giant redwood East of the Rockies among hundreds of unusual plantings. The mansion interior, gardens and arboretum represent painstaking recreations based on original family documents. OPEN: Grounds: Year-round, 10-5 p.m.; Mansion: Apr 1-Oct 31, 10-4 p.m.; Closed Mon and holidays. Self-guided tours of grounds year-round. Guided tours of mansion and grounds, Apr 1-Oct 31. 253-2707.
BRISTOL HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY MUSEUM & LIBRARY (1828, NR)
48 Court Street. Originally built as a county jail (1828) using stone ballast from Bristol sailing ships. Two-tier jail addition, built in 1859. Group walking tours by appointment. Library for historical and genealogical research, open by appointment. OPEN: Call main office at 253-7223 for museum hours.
COGGESHALL FARM MUSEUM (1750) (H)
Off Route 114. Coggeshall Farm Museum portrays the work and lifestyles of a 1790's coastal farm on 35-acres. See rare breeds of livestock similar to those found on a farm in the 1790's and their heirloom varieties of vegetables and herbs. Outdoor buildings include barn, spring house, cooling house and blacksmith shop. OPEN: Mar-Sep, 10-6 p.m.; Oct-Feb, 10-5 p.m. Monthly programs. 253-9062.
COLT STATE PARK (NR) (H)
Route 114. Picturesque three-mile drive around shoreline of former Colt family estate on east side of Narragansett Bay. Playing fields and picnic areas. Salt water fishing permitted. OPEN: Year-round. 253-7482.
COLT STATE PARK CHAPEL (NR) (H)
Route 114. Non-denominational chapel on hill overlooking Narragansett Bay. OPEN: Year-round. Arrangements for special use must be made with Division of Parks and Recreation, c/o Colt State Park, Bristol, RI 02809. 253-7482.
HAFFENREFFER MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, BROWN UNIVERSITY (1955, #, H-1)
Tower Street, off Route 136. The three galleries of the museum present the native arts and material culture of the Canadian and Alaskan North, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Northwest Coast, California, Southwest, Southern New England, Mesoamerica, Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania. OPEN: Sep-May, Sat-Sun, 11-5 p.m.; Jun-Aug, daily except Mon, 11-5 p.m.; Gallery talks, Mar-mid-May and Oct-Dec, 4 p.m. Call for calendar of programs. 253-8388.
HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM & AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME (NR) (H)
7 Burnside Street. Located at the site of the world-famous Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, whose products dominated the Golden Age of Yachting. A unique collection of 35 classic sailing and power yachts built from 1859 to 1947, steam engines, fittings, photographs and memorabilia. The Herreshoffs built eight consecutive successful America's Cup defenders between 1893 and 1934 and the first torpedo boats for the United States Navy. OPEN: May-Oct, Mon-Fri, 1-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11-4 p.m. 253-5000.
LINDEN PLACE (1810, NR) (H)
500 Hope Street. 1810 Federal-style mansion, designed by Rhode Island architect Russell Warren, is located on 1.8-acres in the center of the Bristol Historic Waterfront District. The mansion and historic outbuildings (including a 1906 ballroom building, 19th century carriage barn and 18th century summer house) are surrounded by rose gardens and 19th century sculpture. OPEN: Office, Tue-Fri, 9-5 p.m.; Gift shop, Tue-Fri, 9-5 p.m.; Sat, 10-4 p.m.; Sun, 12-4 p.m.; Open for tours, Memorial Day-Columbus Day, Thu-Sun, 10-2 p.m. Other times by appt. 253-0390.
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
1 Old Ferry Road. Independent, co-educational college of liberal arts, selected professional studies and School of Law. Scenic 125-acre campus overlooks Mount Hope Bay. Conference site. Campus tours. University Series, Alive! Arts Series, lectures, exhibits, athletic and performing events open to public. 253-1040.