Bristol, VT is a small town located in the mid-Vermont region. It is in Addison County, at the western foot of the Green Mountains. Its 3,800 residents are spread out over 41 square miles, while the majority of the businesses are located on Main Street. Here you can find a staggering array of antiques, accessories, products made in Vermont, fine and casual dining, and more. Other areas of the town enjoy stunning natural scenery including the mountains, streams, rivers, and woodlands. On the border of the town is the New Haven River, which is widely considered to be one of the best trout fishing locations in the country.
The town was originally chartered in 1762, under the name Pocock. It was renamed to Bristol in 1789. It lies about 30 miles south of Burlington, the largest city in the state, and 50 minutes west of Montpelier, the state capital, and is the second largest community in the state.
One of the most well-known landmarks in our town is the Lord’s Prayer Rock. It was carved with the prayer in 1891 by a carver hired by Joseph Greene to commemorate an event in his youth. It is located on his childhood route to the sawmill, which was a treacherous trip he regularly had to take. When he arrived at the stone, he knew the worst was past and would stop and say a prayer.
The downtown area is a National Historic District, lending unique charm to shopping and dining in town. Over at the town green, you can enjoy weekly summer concerts by the Bristol Band, an tradition that has existed since the Civil War.
The town also enjoys putting on festivals. Their 4th of July celebration is known throughout Vermont as one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the state. Other fun events include:
The town is located at the base of the Green Mountains, the most prominent and beautiful geologic feature in VT that biscects the state. In fact, the state gets its name from this mountain chain, which is called Verts Monts in French. They are part of the larger Appalachian range, and extend both north and south of the state. In Massachusetts, they are called the Berkshires.
The tallest peak in the Green Mountains is Mount Mansfield. Killington, Bread Loaf, and Pico Peak are a few of the other popular destinations within this mountain chain. While excellent for hiking in the summer, they are also developed for skiing in winter. These spots are well known for their world-class winter sports conditions and attract skiers and other athletes from beginners to Olympic-caliber.
The scenic Green Mountains provide four seasons of recreation and beauty. Throughout the area are small towns and villages with their own unique charm, much like our own. Here you will find stunning fall foliage, arts and culture events, festivals, and plenty of locally grown and made Vermont products. The beauty of the area attracts tourists and keeps locals enchanted year-round.