A variety of historians lead tours along the waterfront and through the streets of downtown Bristol as well as through some of the nearby cemeteries and neighborhoods.
Please go to our CALENDAR page for upcoming tours.
Tickets are $10 for BH&PS members and $15 for non-members and may be purchased at the start of the tour or in advance by tapping on the individual tour link. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for advance purchases.
Note: Guests or family members coming to visit in Bristol? Or maybe your organization would like a specially guided tour of downtown Bristol? If so, we can do this!! Let us know in advance as to when and where and how many people you have in mind. Give us a call at 401-253-7223 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Rei Battcher, a Bristolian, historian, librarian, historical reinactor, genealogist, and deed researcher extraordinaire. Directly descended from five Pilgrims on the Mayflower, he was born and raised in Bristol and holds BA and MA degrees in American history from Rhode Island College. Rei knows Bristol’s history like the back of his hand, and whether he is dressed simply as himself, or in the personas of either the elegant and infamous 18th century resident and slave trader Captain Simeon Potter or that of a Revolutionary War soldier, he loves to walk visitors around town, pointing out interesting details while also revealing many secrets from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Meet Dr. Kevin Jordan, professor emeritus of Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University where he taught and was chair of the department for 25 years. He holds an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and a MA and PhD in American history from Rutgers University. Known not only for his energy in bringing his students together with numerous historic projects in the Town of Bristol, Kevin also became the backbone for the creation of the Bristol Historic District, the Friends of Linden Place, the Bristol State House, Mosaico, as well as a board member or chair person for those and other organizations, including Coggeshall Farm, the Pastime Theater, and, of course, the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society.
Meet Kurt Deion, a public historian and graduate in history with a BA from Bryant University and a MA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Currently on staff at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Kurt's interests include 19th century American industry and sailing, as well as cemeteries. Kurt has been working on visiting all the presidential (and a few vice presidential) burial sites across the county.
Check out this C-Span interview on his project and hear him tell of what happened when he met Hilary Clinton at a book signing event:
Are you interested in exploring historic downtown Bristol at your own pace? If so, we have two self-guided walking tour maps for you to choose from: "Walking Tour of Hope Street North" and "Walking Tour of Hope Street South". Both begin at Burnside Hall, 400 Hope Street. Pick a direction and go!
MAPS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOCIETY OR DOWNLOAD A COPY HERE AND PRINT DOUBLE-SIDED.
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.
The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) Organization.
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