About Bristol

Bristol, Vermont, is a vibrant and dynamic community nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains. Our town was chartered in 1762 and originally named Pocock, in honor of a distinguished English admiral of that name.  The name was changed to Bristol in 1789, but we still celebrate our heritage during the annual Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair in June.

Bristol loves festivals. We have one of the best July 4th celebrations in the state, recently profiled in Vermont Life magazine.  Our signature event is the longest-running Outhouse Race in the country, just completing our 32nd year. The two-day celebration also includes fireworks, a parade, music, a 5k-charity race and a festival on the town green.

Our entire downtown is a National Historic District.  Step back in time as you explore our friendly village shops that satisfy every interest including art, home accessories, gifts, vintage collectibles, books, toys, clothing, and Vermont products.  Dine at restaurants with menu selections offering everything from pizza to filet mignon.

Our town green has been a central part of our village throughout our history.  The Bristol Band has presented outdoor summer band concerts in the gazebo on the town green every Wednesday from June through Labor Day since shortly after the Civil War.  Folks bring their lawn chairs, visit with their neighbors and enjoy the music.  Other events happen year-round on our green from chicken barbeques to outdoor movies, from Cool Yule to our Harvest Festival.

Bristol is surrounded by serene woodlands, crystal clear streams and rivers and delightful mountain scenery.  Four-season natural beauty is within easy reach by car, bike, foot or fishing pole.  The New Haven River borders our town and is considered by many to be one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the U.S.