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You Can't Get There From Here: Stories From the Day the Bridge Closed (Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM)

Crown Point State Historic Site

Phone: (518) 597-4666

By the late morning of October 16th, 2009, there were rumblings of the Lake Champlain Bridge to be closed due to structural deterioration creating unsafe conditions. And by mid-afternoon, it was shut to all traffic, leaving those having to travel to either side stranded. Join Crown Point State Historic Site and Chimney Point Historic Site for a multi-disciplinary, day-long seminar as we explore the memories, findings and consequences of that historic moment.


The day will begin in Vermont at Chimney Point State Historic Site, with a presentation from the Vermont State Archeologist on the excavations during bridge construction. His presentation will be followed by a living history exposition on the site grounds by personages from Chimney Point’s past, who will expound on these exciting findings. Either walk or drive over the bridge to Crown Point State Historic Site for afternoon programing, that will consist of a moderated panel of local business owners, activists and community members that fought to have the bridge rebuilt and eyewitnesses to the closure that day. The day will end with a presentation and discussion with Ted Zoli, structural engineer of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on the impressive engineering that went into the original structure as well as the unique aspects of constructing the new bridge.

$25 per person. Registration limited to 45.
Agenda and Registration Info

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