Swing Bridge celebration

East Haddam - posted Jun, 03 2013

EAST HADDAM- The towns of East Haddam and Haddam will be celebrating the “Swing Bridge Centennial” on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Antique automobiles will assemble at Haddam’s Eagle Landing State Park, some taking part in a historic Bridge crossing to East Haddam at 9 a.m. for a commemoration ceremony. A collectible car show, including over 40 automobiles of all decades, will be on display at Eagle Landing after the ceremony until approximately 1 p.m. Included in the Car Show are several autos that would have been crossing the new Swing Bridge a century ago, paying the toll before rolling along to locations in Haddam or East Haddam: A 1912 Pierce Arrow, a 1913 Model Thirty Cadillac Coupe and a 1912 Willys Overland Roadster During the Swing Bridge’s ten decades, the route has carried many other notable cars. Stop by to see if your favorite is on display and bring back memories! Other community activities celebrating “History, Art and Natural Beauty” along the river include, Swing Bridge exhibits by the Haddam and East Haddam Historical Societies, free tours of the Goodspeed Opera House, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, and history of the St. Stephen’s Church bell, a Family Lawn Party celebrating 50 years of Goodspeed Musicals, a free Children’s Carnival, free boat rides and bridge viewings onboard the RiverQuest and Becky Thatcher, and more! For event details, see the most updated Event Program online at the June 15 calendar listing on www.easthaddam.org or www.haddam.org.

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