Bristol, a shire town in the smallest county in the smallest state, is nestled between the Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays. Most of the town is surrounded by water, and its history lies therein. Bristol is ever changing, yet it manages to retain a small hometown character. This nostalgic postcard history of Bristol leads readers down dusty, mid-19th-century streets and into the bustling mid-1950s historic center. Today, people sail leisurely into Bristol's snug harbor, dock at the many public landings, and dine on the waterfront. Other visitors stroll down tree-lined streets, take in the many beautiful seascapes, or marvel at the aristocratic 18th-century homes built by wealthy merchants, slavers, and privateers.
About the Author
Richard V. Simpson, a native Rhode Islander, moved to
Bristol in 1960 and lives with his wife in a Federal-style home built around 1810. Since 1992, Simpson has authored over 50 articles on various antiques subjects. This is his 12th published title and his 9th title published by Arcadia, including Bristol Volume I and Bristol Volume II.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My first R.V.S book was a Christmas gift in 1997. We all enjoyed it Christmas Eve sitting by the fireplace--looking at the pictures of Bristol brought back many childhood memories. Then came Building the Mosquito Fleet, also a great book. Bristol, Postcard History Series, is my favorite so far. Each time I open one of Richard V. Simpson's books, I see something I missed the time before. I look forward to his next book.
The author plans his illustrated pages and captions as a virtual stroll along the town's streets as he points out relevant structures on both sides of the street relaying historical data, much the same as a tour guide would.