A History of South Bristol

South Bristol is a fishing village located on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Midcoast Maine. The area was rich with fish and used by Native Americans for thousands of years. It was an ideal place to harvest and preserve fish and shellfish, which could then be carried to winter quarters. South Bristol was established as a village of Bristol by the early 1700s and became a town in its own right in 1915. South Bristol is comprised of three villages: Christmas Cove, South Bristol Village, and Walpole. The families that live here and the families that have vacationed here for generations recognize what a beautiful spot this is and treasure the fact that South Bristol is indeed, “the way life should be.”

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South Bristol Historical Society



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2124 State Route 129,

South Bristol, ME 04568

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