The Piermont Historical Society will formally dedicate the recently created Rockland Road Bridge Historic District with a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, the society has announced. The public is invited to attend and participate in the event.
Included in the ceremony will be the unveiling of two aesthetic informational signs marking the historic importance of the new district, which comprises nine historic buildings and seven sites, including the endangered Rockland Road Bridge itself as the district’s centerpiece. A public reception will follow the dedication at the nearby Outside in Piermont flower, craft and antique shop at 249 Ferdon Avenue in Piermont.
The unique single-span arch bridge at the heart of the new district was constructed and opened in 1874, and is built with a combination of stone and brick. The design feature is common to 18th and 19th century bridges, but is rarely seen today, society officials note, adding that it is the only one of its kind remaining in of Rockland County, and one of only three remaining in all of New York State. It is so unique that it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.