Going back more than 150 years, Bristol has a proud heritage of being both a fun place to visit and “A Good Place to Live”. Bristol’s “Main Street” is called State Street as it is divided by the state lines of Virginia and Tennessee.
Must-see attractions include the historic Bristol Train Station, which was originally built in 1856 and saw many soldiers off to battle during the Civil War, as well as the Paramount Center for the Arts, an art deco motion picture palace which opened in 1931, along with the Country Music Mural, and the Veteran’s War Memorial in Cumberland Park. Both the Train Station and the Paramount Center for the Arts are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum, a 24,000 square foot facility, which opened in August, 2014, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute, tells the story of Bristol’s musical heritage. The Museum provides the BCM with a new, permanent facility to house its operations, including the museum, educational programs, and artistic programming.
Far below the earth’s surface, is the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns. Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hardcore of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.
No matter what side of the street you prefer, Bristol is the place to call home!
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