Tinker Swiss Cottage unveils new bridge

Sunday, June 12, at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, the gates of the newly reconstructed Tinker suspension bridge will be opened to the public for the first time. The bridge, built in 1891 by Robert Tinker and a local landmark for many years, has been rebuilt over the past 10 months by Civil Constructors and a team of engineers and architects. Historic photographs ensured that the new bridge looks as much like the original as possible. The public will be able to explore this engineering feat up close and bounce across to what once were Robert Tinker’s railroad gardens. The gardens will be the Museum’s next restoration project.

The opening of the bridge will be just one feature of the Museum’s Heritage Music Festival and Ice Cream Social on June 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be family entertainment in Tinker Park all afternoon with music and games, and an Ice Cream Social will be the kickoff for the Museum’s fifth annual Quilt raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s educational programming. Tickets will be on sale until Dec. 4.

Admission to the Festival and Ice Cream Social is $6 adults, $3 for children. Children younger than 5 are free. The Museum is just south of Davis Park off South Main Street at 411 Kent St. Info: 964-2424.

From the June 8-14, 2005, issue

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