Preserving Our Past for Our Future.

BHS_Seal_lgThe Bristol Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets significant historical resources to enhance the present community and provide a historical context for future growth. Our vision, sustained by the work of staff and volunteers and supported by the generosity of the community, the Bristol Historical Society strives to: Develop and operate a vigorous center for a variety of community educational activities. Collect, preserve, and interpret a collection of local historic artifacts and records. Promote community events of historical significance with public appeal. Encourage the preservation and restoration of the community’s historical assets.


Bristol Historical Society
98 Summer Street
Bristol, Connecticut 06010

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  • 1 day ago by Bristol Historical Society

    Bristol Historical Society
    Tonight @ BHS! History of Tobacco Industry in Connecticut - How it effected Bristol's Youth. At its peak in 1955 as many as 15,000 seasonal jobs where on Connecticut's tobacco land. Workers aged 14 to 16 may work only in agriculture and did work on these tobacco farms. Many from Bristol and surrounding towns found work at these tobacco farms in the summer. From this area workers found work at two farms. A bus would pick the workers up and deliver them to one of these farms. This seasonal work on Connecticut's shade tobacco would begin after July 4th. This expensive and pampered type grown nowhere else in the United States has wrapped most of the country's cigars for decades. The Woodford Farm was one of the two farms that the youth from Bristol worked at. The Woodford Farm is Connecticut's 10th oldest family run farm being continuously run by members of the Woodford family since 1666. Janet Carville, a direct descendant of the Woodford/Carville families will talk at the Bristol Historical Society on July 20th at 7:00 p.m.. She will tell us how and why the Woodford Farm was born. Questions and answers period will follow.
    History of Tobacco Industry in CT
    18 hours ago Michelle Dickau Dressler 1
    My Dad used to take a bus aa a boy and get paid change for cutting Tobacco near Granby
    17 hours ago Scott Peterson
    Will there be another date?
    12 hours ago Bristol Historical Society
    with few exception programs rarely happen twice

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