New Bridge Unveiled

New Footbridge in Hillsborough, NC – Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan

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The new pedestrian bridge spans the Eno River, connecting downtown Hillsborough, NC to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, at Ayr Mount.

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation (CAHPT) is pleased to announce the official opening of a new pedestrian bridge spanning 95 feet over the Eno River. Access to the new Footbridge site is from Elizabeth Brady Road or South Cameron Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The new Footbridge, as a vital part of Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan, now connects Hillsborough’s Riverwalk to the west with CAHPT’s Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the east. After several years of planning and fundraising, this $260,000 project was a collaborative effort with the State of North Carolina, the Town of Hillsborough, Crescent Communities, Vietri, Kim Walsh Memorial, and hundreds of local citizens. Special thanks go out to Orange County, Eno River Association, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and the Davey Tree Expert Company. Summit Engineering provided construction management with McQueen Construction Co. implementing the plan.

The general public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Footbridge,
at 5:00 PM (rain or shine) on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. Address and parking: 320 Elizabeth Brady Road.

“Ayr Mount is delighted to be a part of this collaborative project and to see the Footbridge realized. We want to welcome everyone to come cross the Eno on the wonderful new Footbridge and walk the trails”, said Bill Crowther, Ayr Mount Site Manager.

Donations for this project are ongoing and can be sent via the CAHPT website below.

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to preserve, protect and open to the public some of the finest examples of 19th century American residential architecture, as well as surrounding landscapes and scenic trails. Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, NC, is one of six historic houses preserved by CAHPT founder, Richard H. Jenrette, who is a Raleigh, NC native, UNC graduate and noted preservationist.

For more information about the Footbridge Project, or to schedule an interview with Bill Crowther, Site Supervisor at Ayr Mount, please contact Linda Park at (212) 369-4460 or send us an email.

Click here to see more photos from the ribbon-cutting day.

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Over 150 people attended the opening ceremony of the new Footbridge.

Over 150 people attended the opening ceremony of the new Footbridge.

A scenic walk across the Eno River on the 95' long pedestrian bridge.

A scenic walk across the Eno River on the 95′ long pedestrian bridge.

Map of the bridge location and connection, courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough.

Map of the bridge location and connection, courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough.

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