Swing Bridge Pewter Ornament!
Our 2021 Milford Historical Society fundraiser is a pewter ornament of our beloved Milford “Swing Bridge”! These lovely pewter ornaments were custom made exclusively for the Milford Historical Society and we are happy to offer them to you for $25 (plus $5 S&H if you require us to pop it in the mail).
If you prefer to not pay for shipping, you can pick up your ornament at any of the following helpful Milford merchants:
- Hayward's Trading Post
- Home Town Insurance
- Union Coffee
- Antique Market
- Postal Center USA
- Zizza Pizza
- Station 101
- Papa Joe's
You can also purchase in person at our Historical Society Yard Sale on September 17 & 18, 2021. We'll also have a booth at the Pumpkin Festival this fall. Click the "Buy Now" button below to purchase and have your ornament shipped to you.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions or have any special requests!
A little history of the Swing Bridge!
The 200-foot iron cable suspended footbridge, know as the Swing Bridge was built in 1889 and spans the Souhegan River and is still used for pedestrian traffic to this day. The original wooden footbridge built in 1850 is where the Swing Bridge got its name as it was known to swing heavily under the foot traffic of mill workers crossing over it as they trekked to and fro from work and home.
The wooden bridge was swept away by high waters in 1869 and was rebuilt. The rebuilt bridge was replaced by the current iron and cable suspended footbridge in 1889, built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in Connecticut. A product of the Victorian Era including a cross beam with elaborate finials that span between the nearly three-story high support towers on each side of the bridge. These towers have cables that suspend the 200-foot wood-plank walkway over the Souhegan.