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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.

Bristol Virginia Historic Preservation Award Program Seeks Nominations

The Historic Preservation Award Committee for the City of Bristol, Virginia, is seeking nominations
for the 2023 Historic Preservation Award.  
The purpose of the award program is to recognize and honor property owners and developers who engage in preservation and maintenance projects on properties located in the City of Bristol, Virginia. The committee plans to award one property in each of the five historic districts: Euclid Avenue, Solar Hill, Virginia Hill, Bristol Warehouse, and Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District. Properties located outside of these historic districts, but within the city limits, are eligible for a
Citywide Historic Preservation Award nomination.
“Restoration and long-term maintenance of residential and commercial properties encourages
revitalization, and preserves the rich history, culture, and landscape of our city,” according to

Catherine Brillhart, Committee Chair.
The deadline for nominations has been extended until
 April 15, 2023.

The 2023 award recipients will be recognized in May 2023.
Nomination forms may be printed and mailed to City of Bristol, Virginia, Community & Economic
Development Department, 300 Lee Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201 or submitted directly online from the
city’s website at Self-nominations are accepted. Properties are selected based on
exterior appearance only. For additional information, contact Catherine Brillhart, Chair of the Historic
Preservation Award Committee, at or (276) 591-6952.

History for Sale!

BHA is honored to offer for sale to the public a number of rare Virginia Intermont College mementos.  These are the last vestiges of "new" VI memorabilia and will be prized by collectors of VI College history as well as ever faithful and proud alums of this grand institution of higher learning.  Proceeds will be used to fund storage costs for the remainder of the VI Collection.  Quantities are limited.  Prices for each item are shown below.  To purchase items, please visit either 

Willow Creek Antiques and Collectibles at 619 State Street in Bristol, VA, or 

Believe in Bristol Headquarters at 20 Sixth Street in  Bristol, TN.

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Cobra Folder $2
Pencil 0.50 cents
Postcards $1

VIC Picture 8x12 0.25 cents

VIC Sticker Sheets 0.25 cents

VIC Decals 0.25 cents

Composition Book $2.50

Silver Photo Album $25

Honors Program Bronze Medal $20

VI Lapel Pin $10

VI Cobra Cheer Horn $5

License Plate Frame $15

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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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Donate to the Bristol Historical Association today!

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