Author rediscovers Bristol's past in new book

HINESBURG-Since 1762, Bristol has prospered alongside the New Haven River. Its mighty waters powered mills and hardworking farmers, entrepreneurs and shopkeepers fueled the local economy. Local author Kerry K. Skiffington describes Bristol's history through brief essays highlighting its most remarkable people and moments, from the rise of Outlook Club and the Bristol Town Band to the many floods and fires that have challenged but never broken the town.

Skiffington has uncovered forgotten figures, such as Dr. Francis Briggs, known as much for his music as for his ministrations, and Vermont State Rep. Florence Cragen, one of many Vermont women to serve in the legislature during World War II.

Carefully researched and enlivened by interviews with longtime residents, "Bristol, Vermont: Historically Speaking", captures the essence of the town's enduring charm.

A Bristol resident for 20 years, Kerry Skiffington has written dozens of articles in local publications over the last 20 years. She is a member and former trustee of the League of Vermont Writers and has helped plan events and written copy for the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. Kerry currently runs a therapy practice in Burlington and previously worked as an editor for Kids Vermont, a family newspaper. She holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degress.

Skiffington will sign books Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Brown Dog Books & Gifts in the Firehouse Plaza (with Estey Hardware) in Hinesburg. The event is free. For details, call 482-5189.

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