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Bristol, Connecticut, USA

The city of Bristol, located in Hartford County, is in central Connecticut and has several distinct sections within its boundaries, including Forestville and Edgewood. Originally an agricultural village called New Cambridge, the town was incorporated in 1785 and given the name Bristol. In the mid-nineteenth century, the town flourished with the rise of manufacturing companies like J.H. Sessions and Son and Ingraham Clocks. It incorporated as a city in 1911.
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Bristol’s Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating theme park in America.
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Bristol, CT is considered the "Mum City" of the USA because of the many Chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada.
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  • 1785 - (Bristol, CT) - Originally an agricultural village called New Cambridge, the town was incorporated in 1785 and given the name Bristol.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/

  • 1819 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post town in the south west part of the county, 16 miles from Hartford, and 28 from New-Haven, bounded on the north by Burlington, on the...Read MORE...


  • 1846 - Lake Compounce opens as an amusement park in Bristol, CT.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/

  • 1854 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post-township of Hartford county, Connecticut, about 15 miles 8. W. of Hartford. Population, 2882. Bristol, a post-village in the above...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    BRISTOL, a township of Hartford co., in the state of Connecticut, 17 m. SW of Hartford. It is hilly, and is watered by branches of Farmington river....Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - They make three Yankee clocks every minute during working hours at Bristol, Conn.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 30, 1870

  • News 1878 - The Rev. J. D. Gillihand, the Rector of Trinity Church (Protestant Episcopal) at Bristol, Conn., the other day, astonished his congregation
    by sending them a letter announcing his resignation of his pastorate and his intention of joining the Roman Catholic Church. Not the slightest...Read MORE...


  • News 1887 - A FATAL EXPLOSION
    Three Men Killed, Two Wounded, and a Building Set on Fire.

    E. C. WILSDON left his japan oven, at SESSIONS & SONS foundry, Bristol, Conn., in the...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post-village of Hartford co., Conn., in Bristol township, on the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad, 18 miles W.S.W. of Hartford,...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - DUMPED INTO A RIVER. Men Working on a Bridge Engulfed by a Raging Torrent.
    Eleven Out of Twenty Reported to Be Drowned.
    Carried Down Pequabuck River and Lost In the Darkness.

    Bristol, Conn., Feb. 7 - A most appalling...Read MORE...


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    East Main Street, Looking East, Bristol, Conn.
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  • Bristol, Connecticut, USA
    Pavilion, Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn.
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  • 1911 - Bristol, CT incorporated as a city

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/

  • 1916
    Bristol, a banking post-borough of Hartford co., Conn., in Bristol township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 17 miles WSW. of...Read MORE...




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  • 1785 - (Bristol, CT) - Originally an agricultural village called New Cambridge, the town was incorporated in 1785 and given the name Bristol.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/
  • 1819 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post town in the south west part of the county, 16 miles from Hartford, and 28 from New-Haven, bounded on the north by Burlington, on the... Read MORE...

  • 1846 - Lake Compounce opens as an amusement park in Bristol, CT.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/
  • 1854 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post-township of Hartford county, Connecticut, about 15 miles 8. W. of Hartford. Population, 2882. Bristol, a post-village in the above... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    BRISTOL, a township of Hartford co., in the state of Connecticut, 17 m. SW of Hartford. It is hilly, and is watered by branches of Farmington river.... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - They make three Yankee clocks every minute during working hours at Bristol, Conn.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 30, 1870
  • News  1878 - The Rev. J. D. Gillihand, the Rector of Trinity Church (Protestant Episcopal) at Bristol, Conn., the other day, astonished his congregation
    by sending them a letter announcing his resignation of his pastorate and his intention of joining the Roman Catholic Church. Not the slightest... Read MORE...

  • News  1887 - A FATAL EXPLOSION
    Three Men Killed, Two Wounded, and a Building Set on Fire.

    E. C. WILSDON left his japan oven, at SESSIONS & SONS foundry, Bristol, Conn., in the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Bristol
    Bristol, a post-village of Hartford co., Conn., in Bristol township, on the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad, 18 miles W.S.W. of Hartford,... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - DUMPED INTO A RIVER. Men Working on a Bridge Engulfed by a Raging Torrent.
    Eleven Out of Twenty Reported to Be Drowned.
    Carried Down Pequabuck River and Lost In the Darkness.

    Bristol, Conn., Feb. 7 - A most appalling... Read MORE...

  • 1911 - Bristol, CT incorporated as a city

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bristol/
  • 1916
    Bristol, a banking post-borough of Hartford co., Conn., in Bristol township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 17 miles WSW. of... Read MORE...

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