Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Full Resource Name:

Bristol Historical & Preservation Society

48 Court Street
Bristol, RI 02809

(401) 253-7223



The Bristol Historical Society was founded in 1936 to "promote interest in historical research, stimulate the study of the history of Southern New England, especially the Town of Bristol, and collect and preserve whatever is related thereto." Prior to housing the collections in the jail building on Court Street, the Society was located at the Rogers Free Library building. In 1957, a disastrous fire at the Library destroyed many of the Society's treasures and resulted in its lease of the then abandoned Bristol County Jail for use as a museum, library and meeting space.

Primary Services:

  • Historic Preservation  [Show Definition Details]

General Information


Wed-Fri 1:00PM-5:00PM

Intake Process:

Membership Application

Program Fees:

Membership Fees



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