The New Hampshire Historical Marker

By Karen Griswold

Co-Chair, Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge Committee

The erection of this New Hampshire Historical Marker for the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge has been a long time in coming but is certainly worth the wait.

In March of 2001, I wrote a letter to Nancy Dutton, the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, requesting the sign. Included in the request was draft text for the sign, a petition signed by many local citizens for same, as well as background on the bridge from the National Register of Historic Places, etc. At that time, I was told it would probably be at least two years or more if we relied on state funding for the sign. Since the cost of a sign was prohibitive for us locally, we decided to wait for state funding.

I continued to check in with Historical Resources in 2002 and 2003 but was still told there was no funding. Finally, very late last fall, I tried again and this time made contact with Pat Blevens, the program assistant for grants, project archaeology and CLG programs. She was wonderful to work with and really helped to get this marker for us. She was able to find funding and then the wheels started moving. The text was revised with the help of Jim Garvin, the state architectural historian, and then approved by our Bridge Committee.

In February, the maker was ordered through the division of Historical Resources and DOT. In April a DOT person called me to say he would be up in May 19th to find an appropriate place for the sign. On June 9, a small white flag with "NHDOT" appeared on this very site. And only yesterday--- I was called with the word "your sign is in the ground". Today we unveil it!

This is such a distinctive confirmation of the importance of the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge historically! It is a very exciting day.

And . . . of other interest, bids are being sought right now for the restoration of the Bridge.

Karen Griswold, Co-Chair, Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge Committee

Other members of the Bridge Committee include:

Velma Ide, Co-Chair

Shirley Cobb

Camille Wharey

Frank O'Malley

Dianna Ash

Mike Dannehy

Reita Jones

Ann Joy

Jean Chamberlin

Lee Kryger (in North Carolina)

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