National Register Historic District Portions of the content on this web page were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document that was submitted to the Department of the Interior, National Park Service in 1980. Bristol dates from about 1681, when Samuel Clift established a ferry across the Delaware River at this location (Green 19).A settlement, largely comprised of Quakers, soon grew up around Clift's ferry, and in 1697 the residents petitioned the Provincial Council to establish the community as a market town.Finally, there's the adopted little girl, 14-year-old Grace Packer, who became the subject of a rape-murder fantasy, allegedly dreamed up and then executed by her adoptive mother and her boyfriend.The pair allegedly raped, beat and fatally strangled the girl inside a rural Quakertown home, then later dismembering her body and dumped her remains in Luzerne County in an effort to elude police.
The municipality surrounds the boroughs of Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Penndel and Hulmeville; much of the township beyond Levittown uses Langhorne, Pennsylvania as a mailing address.
The Council granted this petition, making Bristol the third town established in the province, following Chester and Philadelphia, and later that year Phineas Pemberton surveyed the town and laid out lots (Davis 1905:6-317).
The community's original boundaries consisted of the Delaware River on the southeast, Walnut Street on the northeast, Pond Street on the northwest, and Mill Creek, presently buried beneath the municipal parking lot behind Mill Street, on the southwest (Green 19).
There is the 50-something single man who had been 'gifted' six Amish sisters, allegedly by their parents.
The man is accused of sexually abusing the sisters for years, before perplexed neighbors finally sparked a police investigation.