The Damariscotta River Steamboat Company fleet at South Bristol, 1902Item 81723 info
South Bristol Historical Society
Signs of a new "industry" began to appear in the South Bristol area of the Town of Bristol in the late 1880's.
Better transportation throughout New England, including numerous steamship lines along the coast and up and down the rivers, helped give birth to the "summer business" – what is now called tourism.
Local families quickly realized that much-needed income could be earned by renting rooms to summer visitors and providing them with meals and other services.