Bridge may be doomed despite historic value

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Posted: November 29, 2012

The Winchester Star

On the west wall of the bridge is a Latin inscription that reads, “In hoc signo vinces.” The translation, said local architectural historian Maral Kalbian, is “In this sign, you will conquer,” and refers to Roman Emperor Constantine, who had a vision before a great battle that he would become emperor if he took the Christian cross as his symbol.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is considering replacing the old bridge on Shepherds Mill Road that crosses Long Marsh Run northeast of Berryville. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
An inscription is on the bridge on Shepherds Mill Road that crosses Long Marsh Run northeast of Berryville. Under the date — 1918 — are the names R.E. Byrd and A.J. Ritter, who may have been instrumental in the creation of the inscription. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

BERRYVILLE — Local architectural historian Maral Kalbian is going head to head with her counterpart at the Virginia Department of Transportation over the historic significance of a concrete...



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