Bristol

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Overview
Bristol was originally a tightly held and uninhabited portion of Farmington and was known in its early days as the West Woods. Settlers did not arrive until the 1720s and, after building their small community, they sought and received status as the New Cambridge Parish in 1742. Their numbers continued to grow and, by 1785, the community joined neighboring West Britain Parish in separating from Farmington and becoming the town of Bristol. Bristol tells the story of the people, places, and events that transformed this small agricultural hamlet into a true industrial city. The waters of the Pequabuck River brought industry, which soon surpassed farming as the residents' primary livelihood. Bristol became the source of many important products-clocks, springs, silverware, coaster brakes, doorbells, automobiles, roller bearings, and fishing rods, to name a few. In following this evolution, Bristol highlights the residents and workers, their homes and places of business, their entertainment and modes of transportation.
Details
ISBN: 9780738508740
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Author Gail Leach is president of the Bristol Historical Society, and coauthor Steven Vastola is the society's programs chairman. Together they have selected a superb collection of photographs, the majority of which are from the society's collection, with some generously donated by private individuals. The images and the stories that accompany them create a fascinating history that is sure to delight residents and visitors alike.