BRIDGE TO THE PAST

The article describes how the covered bridge, a record of early American craftmanship, is being kept alive. The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, with about 1,000 members, is active in preservation efforts, as well as a number of state and local associations. The restoration of Preble County's (Ohio) Roberts Covered Bridge is described. Citizens and businesses offered the services and labor needed to restore the bridge and enough money to hire the one firm needed for technical supervision. In Lebanon, New Hampshire, a new covered bridge, the Packard-Hill Covered Bridge, was built to replace the Bailey Bridge, a steel and concrete bridge. The bridge includes oak pegs which join the bridge parts and handcrafted work with traditional materials and tools wherever possible. It is noted that if communities cannot afford to restore covered bridges for present-day use, bypassing them or using them as a setting for a recreational area may be a solution.

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    Communication Channels, Incorporated

    6151 Powers Ferry Road, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30339-2941
  • Authors:
    • Thompson, S
  • Publication Date: 1991-10

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  • Pagination: p. 62-69
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  • Accession Number: 00616256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1991 12:00AM