- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Some officials in Bennington, Vermont, are unhappy that the state architectural historian is recommending removal of a covered bridge from the National Register of Historic Places because it’s a replacement for the original one, which deteriorated.

The Bennington Banner reports (https://bit.ly/2gw4PCe) Devin Colman of the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation said the Paper Mill Village bridge was built in 1889 and was listed on the register in 1973. The bridge was removed and replaced with a replica in 1999. He said it no longer meets the criteria for a listing.

Bennington Historic Preservation Commission members said they couldn’t understand how the designation could be withdrawn nearly 20 years after the restoration. They said a reversal would be “destructive to historic preservation efforts.”

Colman said ultimately, the decision is up to the “Keeper” of the register in Washington, D.C.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com


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