Lost Bridges of Vermont
Place: Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls, VT (about 20 miles from Keene)
Ages: older crowd
One of the many poignant reminders of Hurricane Irene’s devastating passage through our area is the fate of our historic covered bridges. Across the country, millions watched a video of the Bartonsville bridge sliding almost intact into the Williams River.
“The number of bridge casualties is devastating,” said Wendy Nicholas, northeast director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.“These are wonderful landmarks that everyone loves,” she said, “and they are major connections for communities.”
Bill Caswell, a vice president of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, will give a presentation focused on the history of our covered bridges in the Rockingham area, with special attention on those damaged or lost.
Caswell has visited most of the covered bridges in the U.S. and led a research project documenting those in this country and Canada. His new book “Connecticut and Rhode Island Covered Bridges” will be available at the program.There will be a slide show and time for questions.
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