BARTONSVILLE, Vt. (AP) — A group of volunteers that led a campaign to rebuild a Vermont covered bridge after it was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene plan to set up a visitor’s kiosk using remnants of the original structure from 1870.
The original bridge in Bartonsville was built after the great flood of 1869 hit Vermont. Irene took out the historic landmark in 2011. The bridge was rebuilt.
The visitor center will tell the history of the village and the railroad, as well as the history of the two bridges, bridge campaign leader Susan Hammond told the Eagle-Times (http://bit.ly/10IdUU9).
She plans for the kiosk to look like a smaller replica of a covered bridge. To construct the bridge-shaped center, Hammond plans on using old trusses, roofing and floor boards saved from the first bridge.
‘‘We always had that vision, that we'd use the old bridge. We weren’t exactly sure how or how big it would be and we still have to have it designed,’’ she said.
The cost has not been determined.
Hammond posted a video online showing Irene being forced off its foundation during flooding from the Aug. 28, 2011, storm. She helped to raise more than $50,000 to rebuild the bridge. Some of the leftover money will be used for the kiosk, she said.
Information from: Eagle Times, http://www.eagletimes.com