Incorporated in 1680 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
The coastal town of Bristol is located in Bristol County, Rhode Island, and is approximately 30 minutes from Newport. Bristol is bounded by Warren to the north, Portsmouth to the south; the state of Massachusetts on the east, and by Narragansett Bay on the west and south. Steeped in rich history that spans three centuries, Bristol is a quintessential New England waterfront town that seamlessly blends outdoor beauty with cultural pleasures. The historic enclave is studded with parks featuring a bike/walking path for recreational opportunities and stunning vistas along with a treasure trove of centuries-old homes, museums, and locally-owned boutiques, seafood eateries and restaurants.
Bristol is the home of America’s oldest Fourth of July celebration in the country and has been named one of “America’s Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.