Resolution of Endorsement

WHEREAS, the Historic Staunton River Foundation, Inc., through its scope and purpose of perserving, developing, and promoting the 1864 Battlefield at the Staunton River Battlefield State Park and the Staunton River with its educational, archaeological, environmental and historical aspects, is dedicated to the preservation of the historic Clarkton Bridge that crosses the Staunton River.

WHEREAS, Clarkton Bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places,

WHEREAS, Clarkton Bridge continues to serve as a link between the counties of Charlotte and Halifax physically, historically, and symbolically, inscribing its place in the history and culture of Southside Virginia.

WHEREAS, Clarkton Bridge spans the Staunton, a State Scenic River in a pristine natural area.

WHEREAS, the Clarkton Bridge no longer carries vehicular traffic and is in danger of demolition by the Virginia Department of Highways.

WHEREAS, the preservation of Clarkton Bridge can serve the interests of citizens of Charlotte and Halifax counties and the Commonwealth for a second century as:

    • A stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail from which to view birds and wildlife in their natural habitat
    • A point of access to the Staunton Scenic River for people of all ages, including those for whom travel by canoe or boat is not an option
    • An enduring monument to the history of engineering, transportation and Southside Virginia
    • A stop on a regional network of biking trails that highlight and connect historic sites such as the Staunton River Battlefield State Park and Red Hill, the last home and burial place of Patrick Henry.
    • An asset for heritage tourism, nature tourism and economic development

WHEREAS, the Historic Staunton River Foundation has reviewed the report: Historic Clarkton Bridge, Preserving a Rural Resource for Heritage Tourism, Nature Tourism and Economic Development in Halifax and Charlotte Counties, prepared by the Clarkton Bridge Alliance.

WHEREAS, Board of Trustees for the Historic Staunton River Foundation concurs with the plan for preservation and adaptive reuse of the Clarkton Bridge as set forth by the Clarkton Bridge Alliance.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Historic Staunton River Foundation hereby affirms and supports the goals and plans of the Clarkton Bridge Alliance.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Historic Staunton River Foundation hereby affirms and endorses the preservation of Clarkton Bridge.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Historic Staunton River Foundation, September 4, 2003