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Viewfinder: Inside Blithewold mansion

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

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In her silver sequined skirt, faux fur vest, and tall leather boots, Madison Pluck poses on the second-floor stairway landing of the 45-room mansion, Blithewold, in Bristol, R.I. She is on her way to visit some of the dolls from around the world in former owner Marjorie Van Wickle Lyon’s collection. Attending the Daisy Doll tea party at Blithewold, a garden estate on 33 acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, was a present for her eighth birthday. As she climbed down the staircase, with its three different patterns of balusters, to the Colonial Revival entrance hall, Madison asked if people really lived here. Yes, Madison, but no more.

It was a special treat for Lucia Buonaccorsi, 5, to come to the tea with her grandmother Kristi Agniel, by herself, without her twin sisters who are still too young to attend a tea.

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

It was a special treat for Lucia Buonaccorsi, 5, to come to the tea with her grandmother Kristi Agniel, by herself, without her twin sisters who are still too young to attend a tea.

The volunteers and staff who put on the tea are, from left; Katrina Avery; Julie Christina, Education Programs Manager; Jillian Cleveland, Communication Assistant; Ann Flather and Gail Whitford.

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

The volunteers and staff who put on the tea are, from left; Katrina Avery; Julie Christina, Education Programs Manager; Jillian Cleveland, Communication Assistant; Ann Flather and Gail Whitford.

Savannah Aguiar, 8, and her sister Elliette, 2, from Fall River, with the clothespin dolls they made after the tea party.

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

Savannah Aguiar, 8, and her sister Elliette, 2, from Fall River, with the clothespin dolls they made after the tea party.

Maya Guillermo, 6, of North Attleboro, brought her doll Elianna to the tea.

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

Maya Guillermo, 6, of North Attleboro, brought her doll Elianna to the tea.

Asha Bolar, 4, of Warwick, R.I., races to catch up to her adults after the tea at Blithewold Mansion

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

Asha Bolar, 4, of Warwick, R.I., races to catch up to her adults after the tea at Blithewold Mansion.

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