Four New Historical Landmarks in the Town of Montgomery, Vermont | Vermont News

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MONTGOMERY, Vermont (AP) – Four new road markers have been installed to help tell the story of the town of Montgomery in northern Vermont.

Three markers have been placed near covered bridges in the community which is sometimes known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of Vermont,” said the Vermont Historic Preservation Division.

The Longley, Comstock and Fuller covered bridges, built between 1863 and 1890, all follow the lattice lattice design patented in 1820 by architect Ithiel Town. Restoration of bridges over the years, much needed due to flooding, follows the principle of preserving design by using stronger trusses and salvageable materials.

The fourth marker commemorates Pratt Hall, originally built in 1835 as the Union Episcopal Church. In 1974, the building was sold to the Montgomery Historical Society. Since 1977, the building has served as a centerpiece for community events and gatherings.

The Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker program was established in 1947 by the Vermont Legislature. The first beacons were installed in 1949.

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Currently there are 295 markers in production or placed throughout Vermont. A Vermont road marker was erected in Virginia to commemorate Vermonters who fought at the Battle of Cedar Creek during the Civil War.

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