The Historical Society of Windham County will host their bi-annual History Fair on August 10, 2019 on the Newfane, VT Common. Save the date! Details to follow. Townshend Historical Society will have a booth.
Article X—setting aside $88,000 for the repair of the historic West Townshend Stone Arch Bridge—was approved unanimously at Townshend Town Meeting today!
This sum will provide the match needed for the town’s applications for a VTRANS Small Structures Grant and a VT Division for Historic Preservation Grant. If awarded, these grants could complete the budget of $ 283,000 needed for the West Townshend project.
The overwhelming support of the town for the stone arch bridge preservation project will also allow THS to move forward with grant applications to fund work needed to preserve Townshend’s other five Stone Arch Bridges.
Included in the Warning for Townshend Town Meeting, Tuesday, March 5th, is Article X calling for $88,000 to be set aside for the repair of the West Townshend Stone Arch Bridge.
Voter approval of Article X is crucial to moving forward with urgently needed repairs. If approved, it would provide the matching funds necessary for two very large State grants. It also would indicate the high degree of public support necessary for successful grant applications. Total cost of the West Townshend bridge repair is estimated at $283,000.
Not approving Article X in 2019 would delay the start of the project by at least a year and put a hold on any grant applications. It would also greatly increase the risk of structural failure and subsequent closure of this 108 year-old stone bridge at the heart of West Townshend’s Historic District still used for daily car and truck travel.
THS is now selling sets of four different note cards with prints of watercolors by Townshend artist, Lois Phoenix. You can buy them for $10 per set at the Robert DuGrenier Gallery on Route 30 in Townshend, at our website store (www.townshendvt.org) or on our FaceBook page (Townshend Historical Society). Proceeds from sales of these and our puzzles support the Stone Arch Bridges Project.