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Marshfield makes a bridge deal
Tax bill traded for scenic
120 acres on Route 2
by Sky Barsch, Times Argus Staff
MARSHFIELD - A New Hampshire man's $1,300 school tax bill may become water
under the bridge, so to speak.
|Martin Bridge. WGN 45-12-06|
Photo by Joseph Nelson, March, 1996
That will be the case when the town officially assumes
the deed of Charles Thorndike's 120 acres of property along Route 2, which include the historic
wooden covered Martin Bridge.
Thorndike, of New Hampton, N.H., is giving the
town of Marshfield the property, which is valued at $87,200, in exchange for the $1,321.08 he
owes in current school taxes.
The selectboard voted last week to agree to the deal,
and plans to sign the deed agreement Tuesday.
"We accepted the bridge because it's historic and it
was offered," said Marshfield Selectboard Chairman George Longenecker. Another reason, he
said, is, "One of my interests is history and historic preservation." Longenecker said he believes
there is grant money available to preserve what he calls one of the most historic places in
The Martin Bridge crosses the Winooski River and is
on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only covered bridge left in Marshfield.
Historians believe the 45-foot long bridge was built in 1890.
Though the bridge is unsafe for automobile travel, it
serves as a handsome backdrop for a popular fishing spot.
The land included in the exchange is zoned in the
flood-Plain or in forestry, making the and unsuitable for development. Town officials are
considering selling a portion of the property.
Longenecker said the town will discuss what to do
with this and other properties the town has acquired through tax sales.
"We don't need 120 acres of land," Longenecker
Attempts to reach Thorndike were unsuccessful.
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This file posted November 7, 2003