Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ring in the Holidays

Collectible Tea Bell Now Available
Add a touch of the past to your holiday celebrations and support the Chatham Historical Society at the same time. Our holiday tea bell, which features the historic Comstock Bridge, is now available for purchase. Each tea bell costs $3.

Purchase your bell at the East Hampton Public Library, the Town Clerk's Office, The Village Merchant, or from Society members.

About the Comstock Bridge
Over the Salmon River SE of East Hampton and north of Route 16, the Comstock Bridge was built in 1873 and served travelers as the main road between Colchester and Middletown. Now a public park, the bridge is a well-preserved example of the Howe truss, an innovative design patented in 1840. The 30 foot long cast span is significant in its own right as the only remaining example in Connecticut of an enclosed wooden pony truss. The bridge was renovated in the 1930’s, 1970’s and again in the 1990’s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the bridge was rededicated on May 19, 1996.

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