Old Bridge Preservation Society

Saving the Old Sunset Beach Bridge

We are an All Volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit  dedicated to preserving the old Sunset Beach Bridge.

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Old Bridge Preservation Society

404 3rd Street

Sunset Beach, NC 28468

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We’ve saved the bridge but we still need your help!!

Old Bridge Preservation Society was formed in the summer of 2010 by three Sunset Beach women who thought the iconic swing bridge deserved to be saved. Founders  Karen Dombowski, Chris Wilson, and Ann Bokelman (left) were determined to save the bridge.

Their initial efforts were geared toward encouraging the Town of Sunset Beach to relocate the bridge, but when that didn’t succeed the group moved forward independently. By summer’s end, more than 6,000 residents, visitors and property owners had signed letters to save the bridge from demolition.

Finding a home for the bridge was the Society’s top priority with the clock ticking toward its last days. To the rescue came Ronnie and Clarice Holden, owners of Twin Lakes Restaurant and Island Breeze. They generously donated use of land just west of the new Mannon C. Gore bridge.

With the help of many people, the land was prepared and the old bridge was moved in sections to its new home. (To see a video, click here)

Today the bridge and tender house are nestled in a shady spot surrounded by beautiful oak trees. The Tender House has been restored and the Museum is open. We still need your support to continue the work and share the story of the bridge with her many friends. We hope you’ll join us!

We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions are fully tax deductible!