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“Beautiful small mansion with lovely gardens”

Linden Place Mansion
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Bristol
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1810, Linden Place magnificently reflects the prosperity of the DeWolf merchant princes and the exquisite taste inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Visitors see one of the best examples of Federal architecture, from the Palladian windows to the fluted Corinthian columns, which flank the front entrance and the four-story spiral staircase. Tour highlights include tales of DeWolf family exploits, from their privateering and slave trading to their financial ruin and triumphant return to prosperity during Victorian times. Docents introduce visitors to family members Pomeroy Colt, founder of United States Rubber, now Uniroyal, his mother Theodora DeWolf Colt, who as Madam Colt ran Bristol Society from Linden Place as if she were Queen Victoria and the great actress Ethel Barrymore who married in to this most prominent of American families. Visitors are also welcome to stroll the sculpture-filled gardens where they will find Greek bronzes and an 18th Century gazebo.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small mansion in Bristol is a lovely respite from the over extravagance of the mansions down the road in Newport. It is nicely curated, with small unobtrusive signs that explain what you are seeing without getting in the way. The gardens in the back have several places, including a small gazebo, where you can sit and just feel the beauty around you. The place is small enough and the gardens open enough for it to be a good place to take reasonably well mannered children.

Thank C S
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Bettina B, Museum Administrator at Linden Place Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there C S,

Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and truly experienced all we had to offer! We hope that you come back again soon.

Warmest regards,
Bettina

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here for evening reception following granddaughter's wedding. I believe this was after regular hours and the grounds were "closed for a special event."

During the cocktail hour, the home was open for guests to wander through for self-guided tours which was a real bonus.

Also, prior to the reception, many wedding photos were taken here of various iterations of family groups -- his, hers, theirs, grandparents, etc. -- with backdrops of gardens or the back of the mansion (which is also handsome.)

An outside caterer provided the food and bar with a covered tent and a large, high room with ample room for tables and dancing.

Thank Lulu22902
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Bettina B, Museum Administrator at Linden Place Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your review. I hope you had a nice time at the wedding reception and I am so glad to hear the event went well.
We hope to see you back here soon.

Warmest regards ,
Bettina Bucco

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Select times seasonally this tour is another side of the famous DeWolf family of Bristol fame in the center of town. I learned a great deal about the slave trade and those that made a profit from it.This tour is $20 and lasted 2 hrs. At the end you are treated to a rum drink at Dewolf Tavern.
The docent who led the tour has lovingly devoted much of her time to exploring the town history but sadly was very scattered and trailed off topic without fully explaining things and it effected the tour a great deal. To say you are not sure if this happened but could have should not be in a tour. Not everyone knows the lineage of the families discussed or where things are located in town so further clarification is needed.Instead of passing laminated sheets around or reading off ships logs that we never viewed easels with this information posted or handouts for each person would fare much better. We sat in a house for over and hour that we did not even tour.
It could have been so much better if we did. The presentation needs work because the information is very important to know. There are interesting books in the gift shop. This is not a place I would take children to they would be bored. This is a faboulous town to visit, stroll by the water and grab a bite to eat.

Thank Jo A
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Bettina B, Museum Administrator at Linden Place Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi Jo,

Thank you very much for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed our Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour. Passing out some handouts is a great suggestion and something that we can take into consideration for the upcoming walking tours. The Tales of the Slave Trade tour is more focused on the Slave Trade and less on the mansion itself. We would love to welcome you back for a tour of the house, if you'd like a guided tour please give us a call but you are always welcome to take a self-guided tour!

Although, our Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour is not recommended for children under 10 but the mansion is welcoming to children of all ages! We have many programs for children as well as a scavenger hunt when they are going through the home in a self-guided tour!

Please visit again, we would love to see you!

Many thanks,
Bettina

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

I made the 1.5 hour ride from Central MA down to Bristol, RI in December 2017 to visit Linden Place Mansion and Blithewold Mansion. Although Linden Place is very nice, it is very small and I would have been disappointed if I made the trek just for that. It was nicely decorated for the holiday season. I was in and out in roughly an hour. The location of Linden Place is great in that it is on a main street that has many shops you can walk to visit.

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Bettina B, Museum Administrator at Linden Place Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi,

Thank you so much for visiting our mansion. We are happy you enjoyed our holiday season decorations. We hope to see you again next time you are in town.

Thanks,
Bettina
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Toured this mansion and learned that it was visited by 3 presidents. This home is lovingly restored and the grounds are beautiful. Many events are held there including weddings! This place really adds to the rich history of the area.

Thank Kathy B
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Bettina B, Museum Administrator at Linden Place Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Kathy,

Thank you for visiting! Linden Place has welcomed 4 U.S. Presidents! We hope to see you again.

Thank you,
Bettina

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