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Preservation of Covered Bridges


Help Repair the Edgell Bridge in Lyme, New Hampshire

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The NSPCB has launched a fundraising campaign to help repair the Edgell Covered Bridge in Lyme, New Hampshire and will match the first $10,000 in donations.

The bridge was built in 1885 by Walter Piper (1861-1913) and his father, John C. Piper (1830–1904), at a cost of $1,842.77. The Piper’s owned a mill in Lyme where the timbers for the span were cut. The bridge was assembled on the town common and moved by oxen to its present location over Clay Brook. It is named after Civil War Veteran Major Frederick M. Edgell (1828-1877) who lived near the bridge. In 1936, it washed off its northern abutment. It was moved back and tied down with cables.

Time, traffic and the elements have taken their toll on this historic landmark. At this time, the bridge is in need of significant repairs to ensure it can continue to stand for generations to come. Like most of the state's covered bridges, it is owned by the town which is responsible for its maintenance. The work that is needed has been estimated at $690,000, a substantial amount for a small rural town. The town of Lyme will raise some of the funds through tax revenue and grants. Every contribution, no matter how small, makes a difference. Your donation will go directly towards funding the repair and restoration work needed to protect the Edgell Covered Bridge for the future. You can donate using the QR Code with your mobile device, clicking the "Donate" button or by mailing a check.

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Donate to the project by sending a check payable to NSPCB to:
Gloria Smedley, NSPCB Treasurer
1143 Sage Dr
York, PA 17408

Indicate that the check is for the Edgell Bridge.