Cel­e­bra­tion marks Har­ri­man an­niver­sary

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BRISTOi BOR­OUGH – The town’s tree-lined streets will come alive with the sights and sounds of His­toric Bris­tol Day as the event un­folds for its 36th year on Satur­day, Oct. 20 (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre­sented by the Bris­tol Cul­tural & His­tor­i­cal coun­da­tion, Inc., this year’s event high­lights the his­toric Har­ri­man Dis­trict, which is cel­e­brat­ing the 90th an­niver­sary of its an­nex­a­tion into the bor­ough.

Har­ri­man was the site of the Mer­chant Ship­yard in 191T21, and is a prime ex­am­ple of a “com­pany town” where the orig­i­nal town lay­out and many of the orig­i­nal homes and busi­ness build­ings re­main.

cor the price of a His­toric Bris­tol Day ticket, vis­i­tors will have the rare op­por­tu­nity to step inside four homes that were among the many built in the town of Har­ri­man to ac­com­mo­date em­ploy­ees of the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Corp., be­tween 191T-21.

Stops in­clude: - 2T4 East Circle. Built in 191T, it is an ex­am­ple of one of the small board­ing houses or dor­mi­to­ries which housed 20 ship­yard work­ers. The cen­ter por­tion of the struc­ture was used as a din­ing fa­cil­ity.

- 311 Hayes Street. Built in 191T, two fam­i­lies lived on the ground floor apart­ment and two on the floor above. The build­ing plan pro­vided a one-floor dwelling with­out stairs to min­i­mize house­work and other phys­i­cal ex­er­tion. Each apart­ment had a sep­a­rate en­trance, giv­ing the fam­i­lies pri­vacy. A porch on the left side has been re­moved, thereby cre­at­ing the ap­pear­ance of a one-fam­ily home.

- 345 Mon­roe Street. Built in 1918, it was part of a four­fam­ily dwelling, each hav­ing two lev­els and a porch. A room has re­placed the out­side front porch that was for­merly at No. 345.

- 263 West Circle. Built in 191T, this is an ex­am­ple of a sin­gle-fam­ily dwelling pro­vided for su­per­in­ten­dents, fore­men and ex­ec­u­tives of the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Corp.

Ticket hold­ers are in­vited to stop by the River­front Yard, 922 Rad­cliffe Street, for the an­nual His­toric Bris­tol Day Tea. crom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., hot tea and cake will be served over­look­ing the river.

While you’re in Har­ri­man, stop by Har­ri­man United Methodist Church, 1T00 Wil­son Ave., for light lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and to see the ex­hibit, “Har­ri­man and the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Corp.: The Rise of a Community.” Vis­i­tors are also in­vited to watch the 19 minute video, “Dis­cover Us!” show­cas­ing Bris­tol Bor­ough as a won­der­ful place to visit, live or start a busi­ness. In the af­ter­noon, W.Averell Har­ri­man, founder of the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Corp. of Ha­ri­man, por­trayed by John Roche, Ed.D., will be there to greet ev­ery­one in the af­ter­noon.

Other stops could in­clude the Sagolla Art Stu­dio & Gar­den, 1505 Wil­son Av­enue, Har­ri­man Dis­trict, and The Mar­garet R. Grundy Memo­rial Mu­seum, 610 Rad­cliffe St., where tours will be of­fered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mu­seum is the for­mer home of Mar­garet R. Grundy and her brother, Joseph R. Grundy, in­dus­tri­al­ist, U.S. Se­na­tor, and na­tion­ally-known politi­cian. On the mu­seum’s porch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., John Roche, Ed.D., will be por­tray­ing W. Averell Har­ri­man, founder of the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Corp. of Har­ri­man.

The Mar­garet R. Grundy Memo­rial iibrary, 680 Rad­cliffe St., will host an ex­hibit en­ti­tled, “Har­ri­man and the Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion: The Rise of a Community;” be­hind-the-scenes tours will be of­fered from 10 am. to 2 p.m. dur­ing live re­hearsals for “What A Glo­ri­ous ceel­ing” at the Bris­tol Riverside The­atre, 120 Rad­cliffe St.

An ex­hibit of works by Joseph Sagolla and a dis­play of By­ers’ Choice Car­ol­ers can be seen at the Na­tional Penn Bank, 200 Rad­cliffe Street, while an ex­hibit on the Bracken Cava­liers Ju­nior Drum & Bu­gle Corps can be seen at the Wells cargo Bank, 244 Rad­cliffe Street.

Vis­i­tors are also in­vited to take a look inside at the Bris­tol cirst United Methodist Church, 201 Mul­berry St., founded in 1T88 and erected in 1895, and St. James Epis­co­pal Church, 225 Wal­nut St., which dates from 1T12, al­though the present struc­ture was not com­pleted un­til 1858. The graves of prom­i­nent Bris­to­lians and 39 Civil War vet­er­ans may be seen in its ceme­tery.

The day’s events also in­clude a nar­rated trol­ley tour (HBD ticket re­quired), on­go­ing en­ter­tain­ment, an an­tique car show, a sail­boat re­gatta on the Delaware, chil­dren’s cor­ner, ex­hibits and crafters and mer­chan­dise ven­dors who will set up shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 200 and 300 block of Rad­cliffe Street.

Throughout the day, there will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to soothe those hunger pangs.

The day be­gins with break­fast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bris­tol iodge No. 25, c. & A.M. at 219-221 Cedar Street.

Run­ning con­tin­u­ously throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the His­toric Bris­tol Day cood Court at Bris­tol Water­front Park.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing to tide you over, check out the baked goods and other as­sorted good­ies at the Bris­tol Cul­tural & His­tor­i­cal coun­da­tion ta­ble in front of Wells cargo Bank, 244 Rad­cliffe Street.

iight lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Har­ri­man United Methodist Church, 1T00 Wil­son Av­enue. And the an­nual ham din­ner and raf­fle will cap off the day from 3 to T p.m. at Zion iutheran Church, 301 Jef­fer­son Av­enue.

Con­tin­u­ous free shut­tle ser­vice will be avail­able be­tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the fol­low­ing park­ing lots, des­ig­nated by “Event Park­ing” signs: River­front Park, foot of Mill Street; Sny­der-Girotti School, 450 Beaver Street; Grundy Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 4T5 Beaver Street; ienox Group, 1414 Rad­cliffe Street; and the for­mer Mill Run As­sisted iiv­ing, 1201 Wil­son Ave.

An HBD ticket is re­quired for the house tour, tea and trol­ley tour. Ad­vance ticket price is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 and may be pur­chased at Great IDs by Anne, 25T Rad­cliffe St.; Mignoni Jew­elry Store, 200 Mill St.; the Mill Street Phar­macy, 416 Mill St.; and the Bor­ough Tax Of­fice, 250 Pond St. On the day of the event, the ticket price will in­crease to $12 per adult and $6 for ages 6-12 and will be sold at the ticket/in­for­ma­tion tables lo­cated at the Bris­tol Wharf and at Bris­tol High School in Har­ri­man.

cor in­for­ma­tion, visit www. bris­tol­his­tory.org or call 215T81-9895.

One of the Har­ri­man homes fea­tured on this year’s His­toric Bris­tol Day House Tour.

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