Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 16, 2018
Surry bridge renamed to honor historic building
by Anne Berleant
A bridge on Toddy Pond Road will shed its number for a name in an August 25 ceremony. State Bridge 5977 will be renamed the Old Surry Schoolhouse Bridge in honor of the historic Old Surry Village Schoolhouse a short distance away. Both lie just east of the intersection of Toddy Pond Road (Route 172) and Route 176.
The state legislature passed a bill in April granting the name change, at the request of the Old Village Schoolhouse Preservation Group, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2015 to rehabilitate the 1872 building. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Brian Langley.
“We thought renaming the bridge would…secure [the old schoolhouse’s] place in our town’s history,” said Glyneta Thomson, chairman of The Old Surry Village School Preservation Group.
For many years, the bridge was referred to as the “Schoolhouse Bridge”; it allows the Meadow Brook to flow into Patten Bay.
Following the 10 a.m. ceremony, refreshments and tours of the old schoolhouse and its restoration will follow. For more information, call Thomson at 479-4699.