CT's Historic Masonry Arches

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Packerville Bridge,
Bridge No. 4754

Packerville Bridge, Plainfield

Packerville Road over Mill Brook
Stone arch
Length: 26'
Built in 1886
Arch of Packerville BridgeThe ring stones of this semicircular arch are long blocks of pink granite, forming a contrast with the rough fieldstone masonry of the sides of the bridge. Like most of the stone arches in eastern Connecticut, this one was associated with textile manufacturing.

Packerville was formerly the site Packerville Bridge, Plainfieldof a small cotton mill started in 1818 by Daniel Packer. A typical paternalistic manufacturer, Packer took a great interest in the little village around his mill, building the nearby church, its parsonage, and houses for mill workers. This bridge, which is located just below the mill dam, may also have been built by the mill. Roadside view of Packerville Bridge

Old views of the bridge show a simple wooden rail fence in place of the present concrete roadway barriers.

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