Historical Society plans ‘Made in Bristol’ to celebrate home industries of today

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society plans to hold a "Made in Bristol" fair this summer. This would give individuals, businesses, organizations, clubs, etc. the opportunity to showcase their products and services.
Bristol was once a center of manufacturing, taking advantage of the water power of the Newfound River. Textiles were made at the Dodge Davis Mill (the Yankees baseball team pinstripe material first came from the Bristol mill). There were a number of pulp mills providing pulp for the paper mills. Other factories made shoes, carriages, paper and other items. There were machine shops, foundries, furniture makers, tanneries, grist mills, lumber mills to name a few. But just as important for the residents of Bristol were all the home industries and the goods they provided for the community.
The buy local movement that is becoming popular gives more and more importance to the current home industries going on right here in Bristol. As we look for ways to revitalize Bristol the Historical Society wishes to give our locals a place to come together and showcase what is currently being made in Bristol.
If you would like to participate in this effort by becoming a member of the organizing committee or as a participant in the fair you may call 744-2751 or 744-2686. The Historical Society annual business meeting will be Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 in the Minot Sleeper Library. Interested folks are welcome to come and help organize this event.