Bristol Tennessee Real Estate and Community Information
Known as "The Birthplace of Country Music," Bristol TN is the place you want to check out when you are looking at homes for sale. Located in the Northeast corner of Tennessee and bordering Virginia, the town is a twin city to Bristol, Virginia. The town was first settled as "Sapling Grove" in 1774 by General Evan Shelby, a veteran of the French and Indian Wars. Shelby erected a fort on the hill above the area that would later become the town site. The fort was named "Shelby Station" and served as a way station for travelers such as Daniel Boone and other early pioneers. Settlers began moving into the valley below and the area was renamed and incorporated as Bristol TN in 1856.
Parks and Recreation
There are 26 local parks in town that offer a number of recreational activities from hiking and bicycling to disc golf and soccer. The towns athletic department also organizes flag football events as well as classes in fitness and yoga. You will find the homes in town to be very close to the many recreational opportunities, no matter what properties you are considering to purchase.
The town is filled with historic places to visit. Check out the downtown walking tour where you can see the famous Burger Bar, reputed to be the last place Hank Williams went to before he died. You can also visit Fort Shelby, the Caverns, Cumberland State Park and the Historic train station that was an important Civil War railway stop. Many well-known celebrities have been part of the towns history, including The Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers and Tennessee Ernie Ford. There is also a very historic shopping district and downtown farmer's market for residents to enjoy.
For fans of Nascar, the new home buyer will find they are in the backyard of a well-known Motor Speedway. Thousands attend the local race each year as well as a number of other events throughout the year at the speedway. The Paramount Center for the Arts, built in 1931, hosts many concerts and musicals during the year and the Barter Theatre, where famous actors like Ned Beatty and Gregory Peck got their start, is a great place to enjoy popular stage plays. A number of museums can also be found downtown where you can enjoy local artworks and pottery. Some of the artwork goes back to the early days of Shelby Station.
For more information about real estate in Bristol, contact realtor Barbara Hubbs