THE EAST BAY
The pre-Revolutionary town which sprung up around Bristol
Harbor in the in the 1600s was a shipbuilding and fishing
settlement which thrives to this day. A deep harbor and
the protection afforded by Narragansett Bay made this town
the textbook picture of an early Colonial seaport.
The shipbuilders and merchants sculpted a beautiful town
which is perfectly preserved and available on tours or
through a stay at one of the many Bed & Breakfasts
in town or in the attendant working-class settlement of
Warren. The mansions now house museums dedicated to life
in Colonial times as well as arts festivals and musical
performances throughout the warmer months.
Bristol is also the home of the world-famous Bristol Fourth
of July Parade, the oldest, biggest and most spectacular
in the country. Plan on getting there a day or two ahead
to claim a spot on the curb!
There is a bike path which runs from East Providence on
the banks of the Seekonk River all the way down the East
Bay to Newport which is a spectacular way to see historic
Rhode Island as it was and always shall be.