A bridge from our history to our future
The Great Works Bridge will connect the “lower landing” of South Berwick, settled nearly 400 years ago, and the current town center. It is adjacent to one of New England’s most important archaeological sites—source of some 40,000 artifacts documenting the region’s founding.
The confluence of the Great Works and Salmon Falls Rivers was a favored fishing ground of the Wabanaki for centuries before Europeans arrived. It is also near the falls where the first water-powered sawmill in America was built in 1634, launching an industry that powered the local economy and spurred the development of the continent.
A covered wooden bridge that employs an historically authentic design will not only honor this legacy, but also promote heritage tourism, a mainstay of our regional economy.