Walking Tours

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours are led by BH&PS guides Rei Battcher as well as by guest historians and experts in a particular field.


Tours are $10 or $5 for active members of the BH&PS. Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is not required.


Tours begin and end at Society Headquarters at 48 Court Street, unless otherwise noted. Advance reservations are not needed.

Self-Guided Walking Tour Maps: Downtown Bristol

Are you interested in exploring historic downtown Bristol at your own pace? If so, we have two wonderful self-guided walking tours 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! 

PICK UP A MAP AT THE SOCIETY OR DOWNLOAD A COPY BELOW AND PRINT.


TO PRINT: 

Please download the selected pdf  below to your desktop. Set your printer to print “two-sided” and print. When done, organize so that the house numbers are in order, fold lengthwise, and staple together along the fold. 

BH&PS Walking Tour North (pdf)

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BH&PS Walking Tour South (pdf)

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Walking Tour Calendar

AUGUST 24

Moving Buildings: A Walking Tour with Kevin Jordan

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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AUGUST 24

Moving Buildings: A Walking Tour with Kevin Jordan

Sometimes, buildings don't stay where you put them! Many houses along Hope and High Streets in Bristol have been moved from their original foundations. Some were simply pushed back from the street, while others were transported to different lots farther away.  Join Dr. Kevin Jordan for a special one-time walking tour of this curious phenomenon in Bristol's architectural history.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

AUGUST 31

Bristol's African-American History

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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AUGUST 31

Bristol's African-American History

Bristol's unique and rich African-American history is about far more than slavery. In the 19th century, Bristol was home to many economically successful African-Americans including Carrington Palmer Monroe and Maria Hazzard, both who actively shaped life in Bristol. This tour explores sites such as Bristol's African Church which served free African-Americans prior to the Civil War.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

SEPTEMBER 7

Democracy in Spite of Itself

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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SEPTEMBER 7

Democracy in Spite of Itself

What did democracy mean to a slave-trading town? What was democracy's impact upon Bristol's politics, religion, and society after the American Revolution? This tour examines the conflict between the ideals of the new nation and the reality of Bristol's slave-based economy.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

September 14

Back Door Gossip

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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September 14

Back Door Gossip

Enjoy tales from Bristol's past that once kept the local gossips talking. One of our most popular, this walking tour features Bristol's history behind the fancy curtains. It's all true! We swear!

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

September 28

Bristol Bombed & Burned

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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September 28

Bristol Bombed & Burned

During the American Revolution, Bristol was bombed on Saturday, October 7, 1775, and then burned on Sunday, May 25, 1778. This tour explores the history of these dramatic events and their impact on the Town's buildings.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol