Welcome to the Covered Bridge Committee web site. This site provides information about the Covered Bridge in Pepperell Massachusetts, including it’s historic origin and it’s place in the community today. Find information here about the Prudence Wright Overlook project next to the bridge and community-based activities, projects and fundraisers relating to the Covered Bridge. Visit us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepperell-Covered-Bridge/105301829502146
When you purchase a brick for the Prudence Wright Overlook, you’re helping to raise money to develop the Overlook and for maintenance of the area. Engrave a message for someone special or for your family, organization or business. The Pepperell Memory Walk contains engraved bricks that can be purchased by the public and personalized with a name or message and placed permanently into the walkways leading up to the monuments and artifacts in the Prudence Wright Overlook. Click here for the engraved brick order form. Thank you for the donations that made this project possible! Click on the flyer above for a full size view of the flyer.
To view the status of the engraved brick fundraiser and the Overlook project click here.
Visiting the Pepperell Covered Bridge?
Next time your visiting the Pepperell Covered Bridge, be sure to stroll a short distance from the Bridge to visit some of the great businesses nearby. Here’s the Pepperell Center Map to help you find your way. Brought to you by the Economic Development Advisory Committee in Pepperell.
Save the date and DON’T MISS the Pepperell Covered Bridge 5K – Sponsored by the Friends of Pepperell Recreation
The Pepperell Covered Bridge 5k begins at 9:00 am on September 29, 2013.
The 5k route will take runners from the town field, left onto Hollis St., and then right onto Groton St. Racers will continue on Groton St. through the scenic Prudence Wright Covered Bridge and into Railroad Square. Everyone will next follow Main Street to Cross St, then back to the Town Field for the finish.
Visit the race web site for more information at: http://pepperellcoveredbridge5k.com/
Thank you to the volunteers and donors who have contributed to the Prudence Wright Overlook project. The Committee has had several initiatives underway to develop the site further and to continue installing the engraved bricks for the public. Please click here or visit the Overlook Tab to find out more about the status of the Overlook project.
Historic Sign at Railroad Square in Pepperell
The Covered Bridge Committee received approval from MassDCR to install a sign telling the history of Prudence Wright and Colonel Prescott and inviting visitors to the Covered Bridge and the Overlook. This wouldn’t have been possible without donations from: the Overlook project, members of the Historical Commission, and from donations to the Colonel Prescott Statue Committee. Thank you to all the contributors for such a significant addition to Pepperell!
The Donor’s Monument is installed! Thank you to all the businesses in the community that have donated to the Prudence Wright Overlook project. This historical site for the public would not have been possible without your help!
DVD’s are available of the September 4th, 2010 Grand Opening Celebration of the Pepperell Covered Bridge. Click on the flyer below for details.
The cover of the DVD includes a memorable photo of the 6th Regiment shooting muskets to open the ceremony. Beautiful blue skies around the bridge remind us of what a beautiful day we had on September 4th. We included the reenactment of “Prudence Wright and the Women Who Guarded The Bridge”, the 18th century weaponry reenactment on horseback and the entire morning ceremony including the antique car and tractor parade. There’s a menu to fast forward through sections. A nice keepsake of a historic, unforgettable day! Proceeds benefit the Prudence Wright Overlook and the Covered Bridge site.
** PEPPERELL COVERED BRIDGE GRAND OPENING- September 4, 2010 **
To view the Program Guide for the 2010 Grand Opening Celebration click here.
The Grand Opening of the Covered Bridge in Pepperell reflected the cooperative efforts of a community of people motivated and determined to celebrate their heritage and the achievement of another symbolic wooden covered bridge. Even Hurricane Earl cooperated and knew better than to disturb this communities plan to celebrate their Covered Bridge! A pleasant late night shower gave way to a grand morning for a Grand Opening.
Many hundreds of people gathered at the Covered Bridge as the 6th Middlesex Regiment fired their muskets signaling the start of the celebration.
The 6th Middlesex Regiment line the street providing a patriotic presence for the morning festivities including local re-enactor and advocate for Prudence Wright, Eleanor Gavazzi of Groton and lead re-enactor for the regiment, John Greenwood from Pepperell.
The Nashoba Valley Chorale sang “America the Beautiful” as musket volleys and marches were timed for a dramatic effect.
Susan Smith, president of the Pepperell Historical Society and Regent for the Prudence Wright Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was the Master of Ceremonies.
Speakers, State Representative Robert Hargraves and Highway Superintendent Peter Shattuck exchange sentiments on the decade long effort to replace the Covered Bridge.
Amos Mahony, a life long resident of Pepperell and founding member of the Pepperell Historical Society and 30 year Lawrence Library Trustee is accompanied by Ruth Seifert, a long term resident of the Town, former NMHS teacher and active DAR member. House Calls Home Care and Alter-Ride Van Service helped escort and care for some of the seniors and handi-capped that day.
The ribbon was cut by several noteworthy citizens, signifying the next era of the Covered Bridge in Pepperell.
The Prudence Wright Overlook Nashua River Access Area was dedicated during the Grand Opening Ceremony complete with Memory Walk, educational kiosk, Prudence Wright monument, Chester Waterous Bridge monument and the structure to protect the plaque made from wood dating back to the 1848 Covered Bridge.
Wendy Cummings, member Prudence Wright Chapter, NSDAR, read Prudence Wright’s relation and provided an introduction to set the scene for the Re-enactment.
The Prudence Wright Re-enactment cast rehearses on the north side of the bridge moments prior to show time.
Treasonable papers were found in the boot of British spy, Leonard Whiting during an authentic re-enactment of “Prudence Wright And The Women Who Guarded The Bridge.”
The Prudence Wright Militia surround Samuel Cummings and command him to “dismount and submit to search” then the women check him for information that would aid the British forces.
The women in the guard took their prisoner hostage and lead him up towards Main Street to what was then (in April of 1775) Solomon Roger’s Tavern.
The 6th Regiment re-enter the scene with a boom, to lead the procession for the parade through the Covered Bridge as the finale to the morning ceremony.
Antique and classic automobiles plus old fashioned tractors paraded through the bridge to the Battle Hymn of the Republic sung by Nashoba Valley Chorale.
The end of the parade featured a horse drawn wagon thanks to the generosity of Fred Farmer of Pepperell.
Dave Loda begins the second re-enactment to kick off the afternoon events at the Town Field.
An authentic 18th Century weapons demonstration excited the crowds while the patriotic melodies and verse of Nashoba Valley Chorale played in the background.
Huckleberry, Dave Loda’s horse, is well trained in performing re-enactments and he was in beautiful form at the celebration.
Clashes were heard as the Colonial and British officers engage in battle.
Kids proudly displayed their patriotic craftsmanship, donned colorful painted faces and many wouldn’t leave the treasure filled haystack.
Pure Energy entertained the crowd with a demonstration during the afternoon followed by the Army Community Covenant and Salute to Hometown Soldiers
Prudence Wright Overlook
The Prudence Wright monument is safely installed in the Overlook along with the Chester Waterous monument. Far left is the shelter being built for the plaque from the 1848 covered bridge. The kiosk will start August 13th! Thank you Babin Landscaping, Pepperell DPW, Floyd and Chad Stevens and Ed Wright of Amazon Contractor.
The Memory Walk is being installed. It was a warm day but that didn’t stop the volunteers from Babin Landscaping from doing a top quality job on the Memory Walk and the next phase of landscaping in the Prudence Wright Overlook. Thank you to Steve Barbieri, Keith Babin, Dave Babin II, Logan Wyld and Dan Iodice for your time and experience. Engraved bricks are still available and according to our agreement with the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, the center walkway will stay natural, so bricks are limited. Three large flowering native trees from Pepperell landscaping companies were planted to provide shade and natural beauty in the Overlook. Several native blueberry bushes planted around the kiosk will bear fruit and blend with the natural landscaping. A granite bench donated by the Pepperell Business Association was installed and now visitors can relax and enjoy the view of the Covered Bridge and the Nashua River. Thank you to everyone helping! This has been a true community project so be sure to check the credits page because the list of contributors to the Overlook and the Grand Opening Celebration is impressive.
The Covered Bridge Re-Opened on July 30th and the barriers were removed for the first time since April 7, 2008. Three vehicles were the first to officially cross the bridge and each escorted people whose character and contributions stand out in the Town of Pepperell. To see the photos and to view the list of people in the vehicles click here.
The Winners of the Student Art Contest are in! Danielle Greco , Grade 7 was the Grand Prize Winner of $100.00. Thank you everyone. Click here to see all the winners.
Prudence Wright Overlook
Businesses, groups and residents in town are still working together to create a scenic, historic area called the Prudence Wright Overlook which is being developed alongside the new covered bridge, on land owned by the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife. The Overlook is nearing completion and includes historical monuments and education, bridge artifacts, natural plants and landscaping and a commemorative brick walkway called the Pepperell Memory Walk. For more information…
Click here for photos of the 4th of July Parade and Celebration.