Bristol is a town that straddles the state-line between Tennessee and Virginia. The state-line marker is literally in-between the yellow lines going down Main Street!
Bristol is a quaint little town, lots of restaurants and shops and lovely old old buildings and signs still hanging on the buildings. Here’s some of the old signs I loved…
We ate dinner at a little burger joint that’s call to fame is as the place Hank Williams ate his last meal before heading on to his last concert, which he never made as he passed away in the back seat of the car. There are many different stories about what happened that night, but I found THIS article with the story recounted by his driver that night. Sounds like the driver stopped there and got something to eat, but Hank didn’t even go in. It was still fun eating there. It was opened in 1942. The burgers were fantastic!
Bristol has an old railway station. It no longer acts as a station but is rented out for events. Trains still come chugging right next to it though and we were lucky to be there when one did. A man came out of the station while we were standing outside watching the train and took us inside for a tour of the old station and told us as much as he knew about it. The station now standing was built in 1902. It is the fourth depot, the first one opening in 1856. It was burned down in the Civil War during Stoneman’s raid in 1864. You can read about the history of the train station HERE.
Of course Bristol TN. is known for the Bristol Motor Speedway where NASCAR races are held…
There was a Confederate Hospital in Bristol on the TN side during the Civil War. What a shame that building is no longer around! Soldiers that died there are buried in East Hill Cemetery. We didn’t have time to go there. I’d love to though next time. I love old cemeteries.
Tennessee Ernie Ford was born (1919) and raised in a small house in Bristol TN. It’s open to the public, but we didn’t get there either. He was a singer and TV host. Best known for the song Sixteen Tons I think. You can listen to him sing it HERE.
We’ll go back and roam around again and see the things we missed last time. Hope you enjoyed the day in Bristol as much as I did!