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Bristol City

Bristol City Hall is located at 111 North Main Street, Bristol CT 06010; phone: 860-584-6100.

terry homestead,historic american buildings survey,habs ct-463,54 middle street,bristol,ct,circa 1748
Photo: The Terry Homestead (ca. 1748, 54 Middle Street) has historical significance as the home of several generations of a family that made major contributions to the industrial development of Bristol. It is one of the few remaining examples of 18th-century domestic architecture in town; its five-bay form, clapboarded exterior, remnant of its central chimney, and plain detailing are typical of Connecticut houses of the period. (Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS CT-463], photo credit not provided;, accessed February, 2011.)

Beginnings [1]

Bristol was formerly the parish of New Cambridge in Farmington, organized in 1744. The first settlement was in 1727 and 1728. The town was incorporated in 1785, and named probably from Bristol, England. During the American Revolution there was a considerable Tory minority here, and Moses Dunbar, who had joined the British forces on Long Island and had been given a captain's commission, was hanged in 1777 for persuading other young men to enlist in the King's army.

The town is watered by the Peequabuck River. It consists of an eastern plain on which is located (in 1935) the manufacturing village of Forestville, and a hilly western section. The City of Bristol, coterminous with the former Town of Bristol, was chartered in 1911. In 1935 it had a population of approximately 28,500. Clock Making was Bristol's noted historic industry.

  1. Edgar L. Heermance, compiler, The Connecticut Guide: What to See and Where to Find It, Connecticut Emergency Relief Commission, Hartford, 1935.
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