Formerly called Buckingham when settled in the late 17th century, Bristol was formerly an established port and dock for boats and ships transporting passengers and freight, as well as a diverse textile milling community. Visit the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum, where you'll get a look at the interior of one of these beautiful town houses that is so pristine, you'll think your stepping back in time. It is specifically modeled in the Queen-Anne style that combines modern conveniences and the technological innovations of the day along with a nostalgic styling that recalled an earlier, less industrial time.
If you love the water, Bristol is the place to be! Two large floating docks with 32 boatslips and a fishing area opened in 2017 near the iconic Bristol Wharf area. Head to nearby Morrisville to visit Pennsbury Manor, the former home of Pennsylvania's founder. Built by William Penn in the 17th century, the house and its 43-acre estate has been fully restored to its colonial glory. Walk through the reconstructed Manor and outbuildings, filled with period furnishings, or take a tour of the beautiful gardens. Living history events are held throughout the year at Pennsbury to give visitors an idea of what life was like during Pennsylvania's founding days. If you're visiting with a group that's interested in antique mansions, stop by Mansions Along the Delaware to plan a tour of four beautiful riverside country estates including Pennsbury Manor, Andalusia, Glen Foerd on the Delaware and Grundy Mansion.