Book on covered bridges focus of presentation


BEACON FALLS — The Beacon Falls Historical Society will present a book talk with William Caswell Jr., author of “Connecticut and Rhode Island Covered Bridges” on Dec. 10.

The book is the newest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America and Postcards of America series.

In the mid– to late 1800’s, more than 150 covered bridges spanned the rivers of the two states. Floods, fires and progress claimed the larger percentage of these historic structures and just a few are left standing.

The bridges featured in the book, including the covered bridge in Beacon Falls, spanned the Farmington, Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers in Connecticut. Rhode Island bridges were mostly built by the railroads in Woonsocket, Providence, and communities in the northern part of the state with few pictures known to exist.

Caswell, a native of Narragansett, R.I., became interested in covered bridges when he moved to New Hampshire in 1984. He is vice president of and historian for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

The book presentation will be held from11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beacon Falls Senior Center. A book signing will follow the presentation.