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.”