Saturday October 19 9-4 Townshend Common
Come one, come all!
2 PM Free Tour of Townshend’s Stone Arch Bridges with Charlie Marchant. Meet at THS booth at 1:50. Wear appropriate footwear.
Holiday note cards, Stone Arch Bridge note cards and prints on sale to benefit the Stone Arch Bridges Preservation Project.
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.