To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to tell you some exciting news. Back in 2011, when Hurricane Irene ripped through Campton, it left a lot of damage as it passed. In particular it hit Branch Brook Campground hard. It destroyed many campers and two bridges. One was the only driving bridge into the campground making it impossible for the owners who live on the other side of the bridge to have deliveries of oil and propane which heated the owners homes and getting out and about for groceries and their kids to school. On August 28, Heather Hamel interviewed Herb Davidson one of the owners who had to drive two miles down a snowmobile trail using four wheelers to get out.
Hurricane Irene destroyed the Turkey Jim Covered Bridge, slamming it downstream into the driving bridge entrance of the campground. As a seasonal camper, I can personally tell you how devastating it was watching my neighbors loose so much.
The exciting news is that the driving bridge was replaced that year and this weekend (Sunday around 11) the Turkey Jim Covered Bridge will be put back in it's place. The bridge had actually been destroyed back in the 50s. The person who rebuilt the bridge after Irene destroyed it is the grandson of the man who fixed it back in the 50s. So, this is the second time this bridge has been replaced. The really interesting fact about the rebuild is that all of the wood used to fix the bridge is from trees that were taken down in the campground.
We would love to have you there for the celebration of the bridge going back where it belongs. Last weekend the bridge was brought down the road and is ready to be placed on Sunday. This truly will be a historic day and a celebration for us campers as well as the owners who lost so much.