Bristol Historical
& Preservation Society
in Bristol, RI

Let us preserve your stories!

About the BH&PS




"Different Tools, Different Views!"

May 15 to August 16

The Society holds extraordinary collections that provide an unparalleled record of Bristol history and are enjoyed by locals, scholars, and visitors from around the world.

We are located in an 1828 jail built of granite blocks. Together with the rear 1858 jail block addition, the Society houses a library, exhibit rooms, and a meeting room.





for Tours and Research

Wednesdays: 1 to 5 pm

Thursdays and Fridays: 1 to 7 pm

Summer Saturdays: 12 to 3 pm

Open Also by Special Appointment 

Due to limited staff, please make an appointment for research in the Library or Document Room at least two weeks in advance. Research is free to members and $10 per day for non-members. 

You may also request research to be done for you at the rate of $25 per hour. 



The mission of the Society is to stimulate interest in the history of Bristol, Rhode Island, through education, research, and the collection and preservation of historic objects.

Our COLLECTIONS include Manuscripts, Books and Pamplets, Photographs, Textiles, Artwork, Artifacts and Ephemera, Furniture, Newspapers, Ledgers, Account Books, Genealogy Files, and Correspondence.


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Bristol Historical & Preservation Society

48 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809, United States

(401) 253-7223 or