Bristol old town hall project takes step forward

An exterior view of the old Bristol Town Hall along Highway C in Bristol Woods County Park.

An exterior view of the old Bristol Town Hall along Highway C in Bristol Woods County Park.

The Bristol Village Board took a step forward in the drive to see the old town hall building brought back to use other than storage.

The board passed a resolution Monday recognizing that its predecessor — the town of Bristol — turned over ownership of the building to Kenosha County.

The resolution further stated that the village supports the county turning over ownership of the old town hall to a local charitable organization  to “restore, maintain and possible relocation.”

What charitable organization that might be was not disclosed.

The resolution passed unanimously with Trustee Ruth Atwood absent.

Trustee John McCabe said the building was turned over to the county parks department, perhaps in the late 1960s. The building, still in its original location along Highway C, is in Bristol Woods County Park and is used for storage for the parks department and the Pringle Nature Center, also located in the park.

McCabe has been championing the restoration and use of the 1870s era building for events and as an education tool. Village officials decided a while back that any such effort would be best accomplished by an entity other than the village, so property tax dollars were not spent on the project.

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