CT's Historic Masonry Arches


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Pequabuck Bridge


Pequabuck Bridge

Meadow Road over Pequabuck River (bypassed)
Farmington
Stone arch
Length: 22'
Built c. 1833
View of walkway over Pequabuck BridgeThis brownstone arch is one of the oldest masonry bridges in the state. In 1830, a town-appointed committee studied all of Farmington's bridges and concluded that the Pequabuck River crossing needed immediate attention. At the time, Meadow Road was the principal route between Farmington village and the farms in the section then known as the Great Plain. Perhaps because the wooden spans that preceded it had fared so badly (the town had rebuilt the bridge in 1801 and again in 1819), Pequabuck Bridge was this time built in stone. Like most town-built arches of the period, it is of rubble construction, with finely cut stone used only for the arch rings.

Keystone detail.Construction of the bridge was coordinated with that of the Farmington Canal, which intersected Meadow Road about 450' to the east. So that farm wagons wouldn't have to climb an extra hill, the town set two conditions: the new bridge had to be at the same height as the bridge over the canal, and the canal company had to construct a level embankment between the two bridges. A modern bridge now carries Meadow Road over the Pequabuck River, which was rechanneled about 300' to the west. Pequabuck Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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