GREENE – A local man who stepped forward 18 years ago to preserve a covered wooden bridge – and his family’s legacy – has been recognized in a feature by a national magazine.
Robert Vredenburgh, 61, of Greene, a retired New York State Police investigator, was featured in the January edition of Country Extra magazine this year for his volunteer effort in restoring a 100-year-old bridge with money received through donations.
In 1990, Vredenburgh discovered at a family reunion that the Grant Mills Bridge, built by Vredenburgh’s grandfather, was being dismantled by the Town of Hardenburgh.
“We were at a family reunion, and the town supervisor was telling us about the plan to dismantle the bridge and reassemble it later. I figured that once they tore down the bridge, it would probably never get rebuilt,” said Vredenburgh.
Vredenburgh said he had always been a keeper of family history and heritage and couldn’t let this piece of his grandfather’s legacy slip away.