Covered bridges are a quintessential scene in Vermont and while they physically connect two distinct areas, they also separate the old from the new. After all, you can’t exactly drive an 18 wheeler over one of these classic and historic structures. These intricately built bridges were designed to have roofs for many reasons. The first, and perhaps the most important, was to protect the structure from the elements, as it was much easier to replace roofs than roads. Also, the wall coverings were welcomed by farmers because the sides helped cattle over the bridge, as the sight of the rushing water made them hesitate. Sides and roofs also made the structures stronger and more durable. The design and construction of these covered bridges embody the sentiment: They don’t make them like that anymore!
1. Gold Brook Covered Bridge, Stowe
This covered bridge is better known as Emily's Bridge and is said to be haunted. The legend says that a girl named Emily was meeting her boyfriend there to run away and elope, and when he never showed up she hung herself from the rafters.
2. Brown Covered Bridge, Clarendon
This is the only bridge of Vermont's 18 National Historic Landmarks (National Register of Historic Places). Built in 1880 by Nicholas Powers, it remains today as one of the finest and least-altered examples of a Town lattice truss covered bridge in the United States.
3. Silk Covered Bridge, Bennington
This red beauty spans the Wallomsac River and is 88 feet long, 14.25 feet wide and 10 feet high at the truss. It is one of three in close proximity which cross the river.
4. Hammond Covered Bridge, Pittsford
The Hammond Covered bridge, which crosses Otter Creek, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It was built in 1842.
5. Pulp Mill Covered Bridge, Middlebury
This two lane bridge crosses Otter Creek bridging the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge.
6. Worrall Covered Bridge, Rockingham
Spanning over the Williams River, Woralls Bridge was build in or about 1868, and is one of two surviving 19th-century covered bridges in the town of Rockingham.
7. Gorham Covered Bridge, Pittsford
Connecting Pittsford and Proctor over Otter Creek, this lattice truss bridge was built in 1841 by Abraham Owen and famous bridgewright, Nicholas Powers.
8. West Dummerston Covered Bridge, Dummerston
Built in 1872, this 280 foot bridge is the longest covered bridge entirely within the state of Vermont. Bedell Covered bridge is longer, but connects in New Hampshire.
9. Kidder Covered Bridge, Grafton
Going over Saxtons River, this is Grafton's last surviving 19th-century covered bridge and is located just outside of the village center.
10. Bowers Covered Bridge, Brownsville
The West Windsor Selectboard is currently considering closing this bridge, which has been damaged in at least 6 separate incidents over the last 4 years. The most recent damage was in April, 2016, when a small truck took out a wooden facade which was designed to prevent overweight vehicles from entering the 44-foot bridge.
11. Halpin Covered Bridge, Middlebury
The Halpin Covered Bridge is also called the High Covered Bridge and for good reason - it's the highest covered bridge above a waterway in the state. Originally used for a marble quarry (this could explain the high clearance) it connects Middlebury to New Haven.
12. Arlington Green Covered Bridge, Arlington
This 80-foot bridge was built in 1852 and is one of Vermont's oldest surviving bridges.
13. Creamery Covered Bridge, Brattleboro
Constructed out of Spruce in 1879, this 80-foot bridge with a covered sidewalk is a wonderful place for classic Vermont photos. The bridge is now closed to through traffic.
14. Chiselville Covered Bridge, Arlington
A great view of the inside of this 1870 Town lattice bridge in Arlington. It is worth a hike down the steep embankment to check out the bridge from below.
15. Moseley Covered Bridge, Northfield
This bridge is named for the man who built it in 1899, John Moseley. It's also known as the Stony Brook bridge, for the waterway it crosses.
16. Mill Bridge, Tunbridge
The original Mill Bridge was built in 1883 and destroyed in 1999 by heavy Spring flooding and ice. In 2000, a reconstruction was completed. Follow the posted rules or you may be fined one dollar!
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