House Lust: The Dreamy William Whitridge Estate in Tiverton

It's the prettiest of all the hidden gems in this rural waterside town.

Tiverton’s William Whitridge estate puts Southern plantations to shame, in both scale and beauty. But it started out as the simple abode of a small-town doctor.

The estate was established around 1770 by Dr. William Whitridge, a Tiverton physician, chemist and all-around Renaissance man who reportedly learned Hebrew at age sixty just so he could analyze the scriptures for himself. The two-bedroom Colonial he commissioned to house his family — he and wife, Mary, had twelve children altogether — still stands today.

If you thought Dr. Whitridge was busy, consider his son, Thomas, the youngest of the Whitridge children — and perhaps the one with the most to prove. His three older brothers followed their father’s footsteps into medicine, while young Thomas struck out on his own as a merchant in Baltimore. He quickly made a name for himself in the region’s shipping industry and became one of the country’s largest coffee importers. He then channeled some of his fortune into the Whitridge estate, taking ownership in the 1860s and adding the ornate Second Empire frontispiece, with its romantic mansard roof, arcaded veranda and ornate Victorian trimmings in 1865.

The twenty-two-acre compound remained in the family for nearly two centuries, and renowned artist Thomas Worthington Whittredge — grandnephew to Dr. Whitridge — immortalized the home and its stone-walled landscape in many paintings.

This place seems to bring out the best in people, doesn’t it? And now, it’s beckoning another charmed family to call it home. Here’s your House Lust:

For more information or to schedule a FaceTime showing, contact Mott and Chace Sotheby’s International Realty’s Cherry Arnold at 401-314-3000 or visit Below, get lost in the three-dimensional walk-through.


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