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Bristol County, Rhode Island


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History & History-related items

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Chamber of Commerce.

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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Rhode Island state capital is Providence.
The population of Bristol is approximately 22,469 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 7,959 (1990).
The amount of land area in Bristol is 26.178 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Bristol is 10.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 27.258 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bristol to Washington DC is 368 miles.
The distance to the Rhode Island state capital is 12 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bristol is positioned 41.67 degrees north of the equator and 71.27 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Bristol elevation is 75 feet above sea level.
Bristol median income is $ 43,689 (2000).
The Bristol median home price is $ 157,100 (2000).
Bristol average annual precipitation is 39.41 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 29.9 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78.8 degrees F.


in the Providence general area. It is the southernmost town in the county. Other nearby communities include Warren, Tiverton, Barrington and Portsmouth all in Rhode Island and Ocean Grove in Massachusetts.
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History & History Related Items

A rebellion by Wampanoag Indians against the settlers spawned the first battle of the war in 1675. The leader, Metacom, led the uprising because of the land purchased by settlers from his father, Massasoit. After he was defeated, this area remained in Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Later, in 1747, the area was annexed into Rhode Island. Due to its location along Narragansett Bay, Bristol has always had a large relationship with the sea and all the related activities. Sailing and ship building were strong points in the area. It was a major port during the Revolutionary War and suffered through several attacks by British troops. Many of the period homes are still standing and have been restored.
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Bristols Fourth of July Celebration
Established in 1785, this is the oldest continuous celebration in the United States.

Blithewold Mansion & Gardens
Ferry Road, Rte 114
Former summer home of Pennsylvania coal magnate, Augustus Van Wickle, this estate has 33 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens which overlook Narragansett Bay and Bristol harbor. The home has 45 rooms. The arboreta features 50,000 flowering spring bulbs, a Japanese water garden, exotic bamboo and the largest giant redwood east of the Rockies. Please call ahead for details and hours of operation.

Bristol Historical and Preservation Society Museum and Library
48 Court Street
Bristol, RI
Phone: 401-253-7223
Originally built as a county jail using stone ballast from Bristol sailing ships. A two-tier jail was added in 1859. Please call ahead to make appointments for visiting.

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Brown University
Tower Street, off Route 136
Phone: 401-253-8388
Located on the traditional lands of the Wampanoag peoples, the Museum has artifacts from the native peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Please call ahead for hours of operation.

Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame
One Burnside Street
Bristol, RI
Phone: 401-253-5000
Located at the site of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, whose products dominated the "Golden Age of Yachting." A collection of 50 classic sailing and power yachts built from 1859 to 1945, steam engines, fittings, photographs and memorabilia. The Herreshoffs built eight consecutive successful America's Cup defenders between 1893 and 1934 and the first torpedo boats for the US Navy. Please call for hours of operation.

East Bay Tourism Council
PO Box 588
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-245-0750
Toll-free: 888-278-9948

Coggeshall Farm
Bristol, RI
A living farm museum

Bristol Train of Artillery
135 State Street
Bristol, RI 02809
PHone: 401-521-9136
Open by appointment only
See rare specimens of military weapons and artifacts, shoulder arms, sabers, documents and other memorabilia of BTA members dating back to the American Revolution.
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Bristol City Government

Bristol Town Office
10 Court St
Bristol, RI 02809-2208
Phone: 401-253-7000

Bristol is the county seat of Bristol County

Bristol Fire Dept
Church St At High St
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-253-6912

Bristol Chamber

East Bay Chamber of Commerce
16 Cutler Street (Corner of Child Street)
Warren, Rhode Island 02885
Phone: 401-245-0750
Toll-free: 888-278-9948
Fax: 401-245-0110

Bristol Community News

The Bristol Phoenix
A local weekly Newspaper
1 Bradford Street
Bristol, RI 02809
PHone: 401-253-6000

Bristol Organizations

East Bay Chamber of Commerce
16 Cutler Street (Corner of Child Street)
Warren, Rhode Island 02885
Phone: 401-245-0750
Toll-free: 888-278-9948
Fax: 401-245-0110

Bristol Libraries

Rogers Free Library
525 Hope St
Bristol, RI 02809-1832
Phone: 401-253-6948

Bristol Schools

Bristol-Warren Regional School District
151 State St
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-253-4000


Roger Williams University 1 Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, RI 02809-2923
Phone: 401-253-1040
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The population of Bristol was:
1990 - 21,625
2000 - 22,469

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