Bristol is a town in Addison County, of the "Middlebury-Vergennes" region, founded in June 1762. The town was originally named Pocock, after Admiral Sir George Pocock, but was renamed to Bristol in 1789 after Bristol, Rhode Island.
Bristol is home to the "Lord's Prayer Rock." In 1891, Joseph Greene paid a carver to engrave the Lord's Prayer on a big slab of rock that he would frequently stop at along Route 17 when travelling from West Starksboro to deliver logs to the Bristol sawmill. One story says he would always stop at the rock to say a silent prayer, knowing the worst of the trek was behind him. Another story says he was upset by the cursing and swearing of passing logging wagon drivers and he wanted to make them think twice before taking the Lord's name in vain.
Some notable people from the area include: Jeremiah Curtin, a writer & translator; and Ezra Butler Eddy, a Canadian businessman & political figure.
Soup Supper, Bristol Federated Church, Saturday, February 22nd, Serving starts at 5:00 PM. Cabin Fever setting in? Get out of the house! Come support our church and share a warm meal with friends and neighbors! Soups, chowders, crackers, beverages and ice cream sundaes! $8.00 per person, $4 ages six and under. On the corner of North and Church Street, Bristol, VT. (Snow date: February 29th)