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UPDATE: Save America’s Treasures Grant Helps Preserve Townshend’s Historic Follett Stone Arch Bridges

Townshend Historical Society

“Townshend Historical Society has been awarded a $221,000 Save America’s Treasures grant from the national Historic Preservation Fund. Together with a matching sum raised by the Historical Society and Town of Townshend, the grant will partly fund restoration of the West Townshend Stone Arch Bridge. It is to be administered by the National Park Service of the Department of the Interior.”–VT Digger, 12/27/2022

To understand the significance of the funding to the long-term project, read “The Follett Stone Arch Bridge Restoration Project, 45-Years and Counting.” The project seeks to restore six of the forty-odd stone bridges and culverts designed and built by Civil War Veteran James Follett between 1894 and 1910.

A 2020 update describes the then-named Negro Brook Bridge, now called Huzzy Brook. See the

Five or six years ago, Master Stonemason Michael Weitzner, of Thistle Stone Works in Brattleboro, VT, completed an extensive Conditions Assessment of the six surviving stone arch bridges in our area. Master Stonemason Dan Snow, of Dan Snow Stoneworks in Dummerston, wrote an excellent article for the 2018 member newsletter about the bridges and Follett. Let us know if you’re interested to read it. We’ll create a virtual copy to share.