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Learn about the amazing dry stone bridges (and perhaps a few mortared ones) of Southern New Hampshire.

This guided tour will get you an up close look at some of the best historic examples of dry stone bridges in New England.

Historic Bridge Tour. Southwestern New Hampshire is dotted with historic arched stone bridges. Most of these were constructed between 1840 and 1880. Many are still standing and in fact carrying traffic today! The heart of NH bridge country is the town of Hillsborough which had more than a dozen stone bridges at one time. We will see three to five of these. The tour will also include the Gilsum Arch Bridge and the double arch bridge in Stoddard. With a clear span over 36’ high, the graceful Gilsum bridge is entrancing. We are still finalizing the other bridges to see. Stay tuned for updates. Your tour will be guided by local amateur historian/bridge fanatic Tim Berry and Master Craftsman Brian Post. You will learn the history of the bridges and gain insight into how they have survived to function today. Bring suitable footwear to get up close and personal with these bridges.

Bridge site - grassy farm road with old culvert which will be replaced with an arched stone bridge

Upcoming Tours:

Bridge Tour: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Learn about the amazing dry stone bridges (and perhaps a few mortared ones) of Southern New Hampshire. This guided tour will get you an up close look at some of the best historic examples of dry stone bridges in New England. Open to everyone!

More information coming soon!

Bridge Tour: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Southwestern New Hampshire is dotted with historic arched stone bridges. Most of these were constructed between 1840 and 1880. Many are still standing and in fact carrying traffic today! The forces of geology, technology and economics combined in the period from 1830 to 1875 to drive a bridge building boom in southwestern NH. Dry stone arches were the material of choice for heavily traveled routes that had modest spans. Foreign stone masons hired by the railroad brought technology and technique. Yankee ingenuity and economics did the rest.

The Stone Trust Bridge Tour will guide you to see 11 of these bridges that are still standing. Four still carry daily traffic! From the iconic to the forgotten, our tour will explore each of these in a day-long journey around this corner of NH.