Local man recognized in national magazine for his families preservation of history

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.

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