Bristol, Rhode Island is the sire town in the smallest county in the smallest state. Originally part of Plymouth Colony, Bristol Harbor was the most important seaport of the colony.
Few realize that Bristol's harbor was once the fourth busiest seaport in the country. Its harbor is deep and until the twentieth-century accommodated deep-hulled merchant vessels and the grand passenger steamers of the Fall River Line.
Within Bristol's borders are found the finest collection of late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century municipal buildings and private residences in the state.
Founded in 1680 as a commercial venture by four wealthy Boston investors, the town's prosperity has grown through various endeavors, from the nefarious Atlantic slave trade to boat building, manufacturing, and exports during its more than three centuries.
In this book, author Richard V. Simpson regales the reader with compelling stories of the lives and times of the town's colorful inhabitants, their estates, and their adventures during the Revolution and privateering during the War of 1812.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Bristol historian Richard V. Simpson is a prolific writer who since 1967 has penned nineteen liberally illustrated East Bay Rhode Island history books, twelve of which deal with Bristol or a Bristol related subject. In this volume Simpson explores changes in the physical appearance of Bristol through circa 1880 stereo view card photos, and photographs snapped in 1903 by kitty Herreshoff DeWolf, which are juxtaposed with contemporary photos by himself and Dr. Zsolt Orban.