Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year in New England. A point of interest in Massachusetts is Shelburne Falls village, known for its historic Bridge of Flowers.

The bridge was built in the early 1900s as a streetcar trolly, transporting residents and heavy freight between the towns of Shelburne and Buckland.

But as the country progressed with the automobile industry, the streetcar company went bankrupt and ceased service around 1927.

The abandoned railway was then overgrown with weeds.

A few years after the streetcar’s end, Antoinette Burnham proposed to turn the bridge into a garden. The Shelburne Fall’s Women’s Club sponsored the project and with the help of local volunteers, transformed the bridge into a flowering walkway.

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