Archives Month Philly: Free exhibit on Delaware River life in Bristol

Contributed by Shaun Kirkpatrick

Bristol exhibit overview

Did you know that an amusement park once sat on an island in the middle of the Delaware River?  Or that a Bristol, Pa.-to-Burlington, N.J. ferry in the 1750s charged 6 pence for a pig to ride (the same as a human), unless the pig was dead…in which case it was still charged 3 pence?  These and other surprising facts can be found in “Bristol’s Riverfront Connection,” a free Archives Month Philly exhibit at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol, Pa.

Displays examine such regional maritime topics as pre-colonial inhabitants, early settlers, mills, ferries, fishing, shipbuilding, and yachting and other riverfront recreation; the ecology of the river is also addressed.

Bristol exhibit case

The exhibit is open from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15, during normal library hours (Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday toSaturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday).

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