Bristol, Vermont: Historically Speaking

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Since 1762, Bristol has prospered alongside the New Haven River. Its mighty waters powered mills and hardworking farmers, inventors, and shopkeepers fueled the local economy. Local author Kerry K. Skiffington describes Bristol's history through brief essays highlighting its most remarkable people and moments, from the rise of Outlook Club and the Bristol Town Band to the many floods and fires that have challenged but never broken the town. She also uncovers forgotten figures, like Dr. Francis Briggs, "known as much for his music as for his ministrations," and state representative Florence Cragen, one of many Vermont women to serve the legislature during World War II. Carefully researched and enlivened by interviews with longtime residents, Bristol, Vermont: Historically Speaking captures the essence of the town's enduring charm.
ISBN: 9781596296664
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Vermont
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 71
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bristol resident Kerry Skiffington has written dozens of articles for the Rutland Business Journal, the Addison County Independent, and the Middlebury Magazine, over the last 20 years. She is a member and former trustee of the League of Vermont Writers and has helped plan events and written copy for the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. Skiffington currently runs a therapy practice in Burlington and previously worked as an editor for Kids Vermont, a family newspaper. She holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. She has lived in Bristol for 20 years.
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