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Vernon Meshaw Presents Swing Bridge Plaque to FPHPS

Mr. Vernon Meshaw presents the swing bridge plaque to FPHPS board member Elaine Henson

Frankie Stewart Jones and Billy Holt both children of bridge tenders on the Snow’s Cut swing bridge and Mr. Vernon Meshaw with the plaque from the bridge.

On November 18, 2013 Mr. Vernon Meshaw of Pender County presented the plaque from the old swing bridge over Snow’s Cut to the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society at their monthly meeting.      The bridge had been purchased in the 1960s by the Town of Sunset Beach who were unable to get permits from the state of North Carolina to install it citing that swing bridges were obsolete.  They contacted Mr. Meshaw to take the bridge apart and scrap the metal which took almost two years.  He saved the heavy plaque that was bolted to the bridge and recently contacted FPHPS who invited him to the November meeting to tell his story and present the plaque to the society. Also on the program was Frankie Stewart Jones whose father, Duncan “Dunk” Stewart, was one of the last bridge tenders at Snow’s Cut. She and Billy Holt, son of bridge tender G.C. Holt, spoke of growing up near the bridge and their fathers’ work.  Elaine Henson presented a program on the history of the Intracoastal Waterway project from 1929 to 1932 and Major William Arthur Snow who headed up the project as Wilmington District Engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers.  A wooden temporary bridge first spanned the cut from 1930-31 followed by the swing bridge which was in service from 1931 to 1962 when the present bridge was opened.