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March 20, 2013

Resurrecting a piece of history

Students build replica of mid-1800s bridge toll house


The following companies donated supplies to the project: Amesbury Industrial Supply, Brockway-Smith, CP Building Supply, Feuer Lumber, Home Depot, Jackson Lumber, Johnson Lumber, Lambert Roofing, Lowe’s, Martingetti Enterprises and Moynihan Lumber. Lambert Roofing owner Richard Lambert is a Whittier Regional High graduate.

Two verses in Whittier's famous poem "The Countess", written in 1863, describe the toll keeper at the bridge: Along the gray abutment's wall The idle shad-net dries; The toll-man in his cobbler's stall Sits smoking with closed eyes. You hear the pier's low undertone Of waves that chafe and gnaw; You start,--a skipper's horn is blown To raise the creaking draw.

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