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You are Invited to Our BHA Christmas Open House

and Annual Christmas Luncheon!

BHA invites you to attend the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 21, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer by visiting our new BHA headquarters located at 8 Sixth Street, Bristol, TN, during the event. Enjoy a heaping helping of historical hospitality along with the opportunity to check out BHA's first-ever downtown location and view many fascinating items from the Archives and Collections. Members will be on hand to welcome guests.

Make plans now to attend this magical evening sponsored by Believe in Bristol.

Bristol Ballet will feature costumed dancers, Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes,

carolers will be caroling, and horse and carriage rides will be available.


The Open House is traditionally a customer appreciation night when shoppers can shop local and support Bristol's downtown merchants. Businesses stay open late, have special discounts, and serve refreshments at participating locations. BHA is excited to be a part of this celebration for the first time. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

You are Invited to Our Annual Christmas Luncheon

The program for the December 18th Christmas Luncheon will be given by real estate developer and BHA Board member, Daniel Shew, who will be speaking about his mission to restore older homes in Bristol, Virginia.
Shew, a native of Southwest Virginia, believes the best cities in America are those that preserve and protect their history through preservation and restoration while also caring for their residents and downtown neighborhoods. Daniel and his wife, Monica, translate these beliefs into action by personally investing in Bristol, Virginia's historic buildings and creating homes for families to live in as well as short-term vacation properties that welcome people who visit our growing city. Their efforts have made an impact in the city by increasing property values for neighboring property owners, making streets safer, and eliminating blighted and derelict houses. The Shew family lives on Solar Hill where they own four significant properties including the King-Lancaster-McCoy-Mitchell House, originally built in 1816, which served as the main house for the vast King plantation that existed in the valley long before Bristol's inception.  The Christmas Luncheon program will be the second of a two-part historic preservation series featuring Daniel Shew. 
Reservations for the luncheon are required. Please see RSVP instructions in the invitation below. 

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Welcome to the official web site for the

Bristol Historical Association!

History is told through the buildings and homes in a city. The mission of the Bristol Historical Association is to promote an interest in the history of Bristol. The Bristol Historical Association is dedicated to the identification, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of local history.

Historic Sites.

History is told through the buildings and homes in a city. The Bristol Historical Association  promotes an interest in the history of Bristol by designating properties with historical significance.  A generous contribution from Mr. William W. “Bud” Walling financed the cost of the first twenty-five plaques. Much credit is due to the late Mr Walling for his vital part in the promotion of the Landmark Designation program.


Are you interested in applying for a Landmark Marker for your historical building? If so, please complete the Historical Landmark Marker Application Form. 

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