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Surrounded by woodlands and located at the base of the Green Mountains, Bristol is home to roughly 3,800 friends and neighbors. Bristol boasts abundant natural beauty with extensive recreational opportunities, not to mention the numerous annual festivals. Originally named Pocock, in honor of a distinguished English admiral, they changed the name in 1789. But the admiral lives on in the annual Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair.

Downtown Bristol is recognized as a National Historic District and is home to a variety of shops, homes, services and restaurants. The one and a half acre town green plays an integral role in bringing together the citizens of Bristol, attracting visitors to the community, and is an essential part of the downtown, hosting barbecues, band concerts, a farmers market, outdoor movies and a harvest festival.

The heart of Bristol, its lively downtown, is bolstered by the efforts of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. Created in 2006, the partnership is a nonprofit organization comprised of area citizens who work to maintain the vitality of the downtown business community and the town’s historic character.

This year, Bristol’s 125 year old Holly Hall will undergo renovations to continue to serve as the community’s main cultural performance venue as well as home to the Town’s offices. In addition, streetscape projects will enhance the downtown area known as Prince Street Lane.

The Bristol Planning Commission recently re-wrote their town plan, with help from Smart Growth Vermont, and citizens will vote to pass it during Town Meeting in March. Learn more about the updated Town Plan and current project to re-evaluate the town’s zoning and bylaws in theCommunity Planning Partnership section of our website.