Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 28, 1986, as an historic district, Federal Hill features exceptional examples of Colonial, Greek Revival, Italianate Block and Queen Anne architecture of the Victorian era as well as more moderate style homes that followed. Among the most impressive examples include the works of Joel Case, an eccentric turbine inventor, who built Castle Largo to Beleden Mansion. The district isroughly bounded by Summer, Maple, Woodland, Goodwin and High streets. (See more information at the National Parks Department National Register - Federal Hill Historic District: http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com
Locally, part of the hill is recognized as the Federal Hill Overlook Historic Districts, which consists of Founders Drive and Bradley, Broadview, Carlton, Goodwin, Grove, Oakland, Sterns and Woodland streets. (See more information atCity of Bristol Land Use Historic District Commission: http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/index.aspx?NID=104
Early Days on the Hill
From it's earliest days as land grants to survivors of the Revolutionary War to the influx of the Catholic working class to the present day, Federal Hill has witnessed and reflected the changing lifestyles of the United States. Federal Hill's original settlers were mostly clock makers, however other business quickly followed to take advantage of clock mechanisms and materials such as clock works for toys and brass for rifles. Before it's founding families settled here, Federal Hill was home to the First Congregational Church and an expansive green where livestock grazed and militia drilled. Churchgoers soon followed and Bristol's elite, such as the Barnes, Pecks, Bucks and Sessions, moved their families closer to their place of worship.
Today on the Hill
Current residents of Federal Hill hail from a diverse variety of backgrounds and professions. Many people employed by Bristol's largest employer, ESPN, have found Federal Hill to be the ideal place to raise their families. The Bristol Federal Hill Association is an active participant in the vibrant community of Bristol, CT. As a member of the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce, association members enjoy additional benefits and resources available through the chamber.
Today members contribute to a positive sense of community. Join us in making Federal Hill a great place to live, work, worship and play.