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$10K grant to help restore historic bridge in Woodlawn Cemetery

With an eye toward the future and commitment toward preserving the past, local members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave tangible support to a cherished local landmark.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant presented by members of the Canandaigua Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, essential repairs can be made to a historic limestone bridge in Canandaigua’s Woodlawn Cemetery.

The historic limestone bridge, estimated to have been built in 1909, is in urgent need of a $22,000 restoration. The single arched bridge is a popular spot for wedding and portrait photographers, and has never been renovated.

“This will go a long way toward a big restoration project we have going, both with the (adjacent) chapel and now with the bridge,” said Board of Trustees President Patrick Cooney at a recent reception. “Part of our goal is to be able to open this up and not only have this be a cemetery where people can have their final resting place, but it’s also going to be another living place in the community. Because there will be a community room in the chapel, with concerts and lectures and so on.”

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