Linden Place Mansion Announces Series of September Tours
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Space is limited so reservations are recommended for all tours.
A special docent-led tour is being offered on Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am focused on the lives of the women who made history at Linden Place Mansion. As you tour the mansion rooms, the women of Linden Place come alive through portraits, photographs, artifacts and more. Learn about generations of DeWolf & Colt women who lived at Linden Place and the daily lives and roles of ladies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hear the stories about the different women who lived and worked at Linden Place Mansion from 1810 through 1986: a slave trader’s wife (Charlotte DeWolf), a widow, who to make ends meet, turned Linden Place into a boarding house (Sarah DeWolf), the social “grand dame” of Bristol, Theodora, who saved Linden Place from the auction block and an Oscar award-winning actress (Ethel Barrymore), who spent summers at Linden Place.
Also on Saturday, September 22nd at 1 pm, learn about the mansion’s outbuildings, gardens, and collection of statues in a special Gardens and Sculpture Tour. Explore the grounds while you uncover the history behind the statues and the man that brought them to Bristol, Samuel Pomeroy Colt. Hear the stories of Polymny, the woman who graces the front lawn as well as the “rampant colts” placed throughout the lawns. As you tour the grounds, you will have a chance to appreciate the 200-year-old mansion from a different view.
On Thursday, September 27th at 3 pm Linden Place Museum hosts a Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The tour begins at Linden Place and continues through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse, where tour-goers will enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions.
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