Blithewold (1896)

101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island

Completed in 1896, for Augustus S. Van Wickle (1856-1898) and his wife, Bessie Pardee (1860-1936). It was designed in the Queen Anne Style by Francis L.V. Hoppin, of Hoppin & Koen who is perhaps better associated with Edith Wharton's The Mount and Blithewood. Augustus Van Wickle was a coal baron and his wife was the daughter of another coal baron. Depending on which account you believe, Augustus either took his own life or died in a shooting accident in 1898. In 1901, his widow remarried William L. McKee (1863-1946) of Boston and they lived here with her two children until 1906 when a fire destroyed the house. They demolished the remains and built the 26,000 square foot mansion that stands in its place today: Blithewold.

This house is best associated with...

Augustus Stout Van Wickle

Augustus S. Van Wickle, Coal Magnate, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania


Bessie Pardee

Mrs Bessie (Pardee) Van Wickle, McKee


William Leander McKee

William L. McKee, Senior Partner of A.W. Tedcastle Co., of Boston, Massachusetts


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 07/12/2019 and last updated on 07/12/2019.


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