Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, Simsbury

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The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut is an example of 19th century metal-truss bridge construction. Originally designed and built in 1892, it spans 183 feet and carries a 12-foot roadway suspended 18 feet over the beautiful Farmington River. It was originally designed as a one lane, one way bridge used for vehicular traffic. It was replaced by a modern 2-lane bridge a few hundred feet to the North in 1992. In 1995, it was restored as a unique bridge. The restoration was possible through 80% of Federal funds at a full cost of $400,000 dollars.

n 1996, inspired by the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA, groups began to develop community gardens on & around the historic Old Drake Hill Bridge. Four of the now 62 flower boxes on the bridge were built by Simsbury High School students. The boxes were replaced in 2009: designed and built by an Eagle Scout from Canton, CT. He also raised the necessary funds. The new boxes were installed by Simsbury High School students.

The bridge was retained as a pedestrian & bicycle way and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The cost of restoration was approximately $575,000, 80% paid by a Federal Transportation Grant. The Bridge is used by hikers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Since it has opened, photographers, artists and area school groups flock to the bridge to make permanent record of its beauty.

The picturesque 62 flower boxes, 32 hanging baskets and Cottage Gardens are planted and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers.

The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge is a Not-for Profit, Tax Exempt Organization, Section 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

The Bridge makes a beautiful backdrop for special occasion photos-weddings, proms or parties. There is no charge for a photo session, but we ask that people make a tax exempt donation to the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge fund. There is a donation box at the Bridge; cash or check may be placed in the box. Every donation is greatly appreciated.

To reserve The Bridge for a wedding or another special event, please contact the Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation department at 860-658-3836.
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  • What a gorgeous place! We were in town seeing the art trail and 2 people told us to see this. It was well worth it. They have parking, benches and even clean port a johns.  more »
  • If you are in the area its a beautiful place to stop. The bridge is lined on both sides with beautiful flower boxes and hanging baskets. At the beginning of the bridge is a list of all the flowers...  more »
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  • Beautiful and quiet but unfortunately without flowers when we went. Tried looking for dates on the web site but couldn't find when the flowers would be put up. Worth the visit if it's under 2 hour drive or if you can plan something else in the area after... Definitely visit in late spring!
  • Nice place to check out,visited before flowers were put out
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