Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Granville Bridge is Falling Down

“Granville Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. Granville Bridge is falling down my fair lady”. For some reason it just doesn’t have the same ring as London Bridge does it?

My post today is simply a reminder about the Annapolis Heritage Society’s Spring meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 4 at St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall in Annapolis Royal. Unlike our Annual General Meeting in the Fall, this meeting is more of a social meeting for members, and potential members, of the AHS. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the AHS’s upcoming activities and perhaps get involved in some of our upcoming events.

Our speaker for the meeting, Phil Milo, will give an illustrated lecture on the collapse of the Annapolis Royal to Granville Ferry bridge in 1960. This is an event which has taken on almost mythical status within our community. From stories of people stranded on either side to the school bus which was the last vehicle to get across, almost everyone has a story to tell about the bridge collapse. Phil Milo had a closer perspective than most. A native of Granville Ferry, Phil was hired as a young surveyor to watch the bridge to see how much it was moving. He has perhaps the most intimate knowledge of the bridge in its final days.

Additionally, we will be opening a new temporary photographic exhibit at the O'Dell House Museum (136 St George Street, Annapolis Royal) this week. This small exhibit is entitled "Getting Across the River" and will feature archival images of the Annapolis Royal to Granville Ferry bridge. Imagery in the exhibit will include the construction and collapse of the bridge as well as the construction of the Annapolis River Causeway. This exhibit will run for the next few months at the museum.

All for now,
RGS

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