All historic covered bridges have a story to them, but the covered bridge in Danville is special.
"It was the economic center of Danville and was extremely important. People came from all over to get their wool processed, their grains ground, their wood sawn. So, it was a very bustling place," said Dave Houston of the Greenbanks Hollow Historical Society.
On the site right next to the covered bridge once stood a vibrant woolen mill with an entire village surrounding it with stores, boarding houses, homes, a gristmill, sawmill and a post office. You can imagine how life once was.
On Dec. 14, 1885, a fire destroyed the woolen mill, the covered bridge and several homes. And without the woolen mill, the once thriving village disappeared. But the cellar holes from that time dot the landscape.
Not long ago, the Greenbanks Hollow Historical society, mostly Dave Houston and Hollis Prior, took on the project of creating a public park here, with picnic tables, benches, and nature trails.
"This is my favorite spot, when I've nada. Stressful day, I sit down here and I just sit and listen and watch the water and it relaxes me immediately," Prior said. "People who lived here all their lives didn't even realize there were cellar holes here. When it became my and Dave's responsibility to make it into a park, and when we began to open up places, people said, 'I didn't even know this was here.'"
Now, it is acres of lawn and woods, taken care of with pride. Two friends, bringing Greenbanks Hollow back to life again.
Not all covered bridges are particularly old. Dick Spaulding built a bridge over a stream on his Cabot property in 1988.
"It's just remarkable the number of people who take pictures of it," Spaulding said.
"We get a lot of people, especially in the evening in the sunset," said Eleanor Thompson, Dick's wife.
Visitors and locals appreciate Spaulding's work. One neighbor described it as the most beautiful corner of the earth.
It's time for the annual NEK Fall Foliage festival and today it's Cabot's turn in the spotlight. The highlight is the turkey dinner served at the Cabot School Gym.
Farther down the road in Northfield, there is another cluster of bridges, three of them like ducks in a row. Rosario Cadorette has a bird's-eye view of the third bridge and has one of the prettiest maples in Northfield on his front lawn.
Rosario Cadorette: We like it here, we appreciate it.
Sharon Meyer: Do you get many tourists here?
Rosario Cadorette: Yes, as a matter of fact they come and park in the yard. They ask if they can park, you know, and I say sure, help yourself. A lot of people stop and take pictures, especially when they come out of the bridge; they look up there up the road. We're pretty proud of them.
Covered bridges and fall foliage-- something locals and tourists alike appreciate.
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