Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

Each year I pick a topic of local history, do some research, and give a presentation at the Cambridge Historical Society. On 15-Jul-2015 the topic was The Covered Bridges of Lower Washington County, NY.

The choice was easy. Last summer I was made custodian of a large collection of history related to the Covered Bridge Advisory Committee of Washington County. The CBAC advises the Dept of Public Works on the restoration and preservation of covered bridges in the county.

As these photos show, today our covered bridges are a beautiful reminder of our past, but they weren't always so. Our covered bridges have suffered from wear-n-tear as well as from the onslught of Mother Nature. But thanks to the dedication and committment of our communities, our covered bridges will be around for another 100 years.

The presentation covers 3 of the 4 covered bridges around Cambridge (Shushan bridge is not covered)

  • Buskirk's Bridge
  • Rexleigh Bridge
  • Eagleville Bridge