These 13 Beautiful Covered Bridges In Massachusetts Will Remind You Of A Simpler Time

Old wooden covered bridges are neck-and-neck with painted red barns when it comes to classic New England charm. Contrary to what you might think, covered bridges were not constructed to shelter travelers from the elements. The roofs and siding were actually built to protect the structure from the harsh New England weather and ensure they’d last as long as possible. The covered bridges’ roofs and sides were easy to replace. They kept wind, rain, snow, and sleet from the heavy beams and timbers that supported the bridge load.

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Not all New England wooden bridges were covered and only a few original covered bridges remain -as they fell apart and needed repairs, they were replaced by newer concrete and steel bridges, which are hardier and don’t need wooden covers to protect them. Did we miss any of your favorite Massachusetts covered bridges?