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Southern Vermont covered bridges brim with historic charm

Few structures in America combine architectural ingenuity, economic necessity, and romantic idealism better than the covered bridge. Covered bridges flourished in the United States in the 19th century. Vermont, with about 104 of them, has the highest density of bridges. Vermont and New Hampshire share the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States.

Individual inventiveness played an important role in the proliferation of covered bridges. As the industry grew, builders experimented and adapted each other’s designs in hopes of building stronger bridges with the fewest materials. Covered bridges grew in popularity in the early 20th century and became subjects for artists and advertisers.

[Thanks to Hank and Marlee Bickel and their Web site, http://coveredbridgesite.com, and to the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service and the Montshire Museum of Science]

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Scott Bridge

Route 30 East Townshend, VT, 05359 Phone:

Location: Take Route 30 east 1.6 miles from the junction with Route 35 in Townshend to the bridge on the south side of the road. The bridge is located between Townshend and West Dummerston.

The Scott Bridge, built by Harrison Chamberlin in 1870, is a three-span structure. One span is town lattice truss with an arch, the next two spans are kingpost trusses with steel rods added for strength. The total length is 276 feet. This bridge carries Back Side Road over the West River. Parking in pulloffs near the bridge. This is a state-owned historic site.
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Kidder Hill Bridge

Bear Hill Road Grafton, VT, 05146 Phone:

Location: 0.1 miles east of Grafton on Route 121 then right on Bear Hill Road; then 0.2 miles to the bridge. The bridge is located on the south edge of Grafton.

The Kidder Hill Bridge, built in 1870, carries Kidder Hill Road over the South Branch of the Saxton River. Modified kingpost truss with a span of 67 feet. Parking in pulloffs near the bridge.
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Green River Bridge

Jacksonville Stage Road Guilford, VT, 05301 Phone:

Location: 1.4 miles south of junction I-91 exit 1 on US5 to Guilford then right 4.1 miles to Guilford Center and 0.6 miles ahead; then right 2.4 miles on Stage Road; left 0.1 mile to the bridge.

The Green River Bridge, built in 1870, carries Jacksonville Stage Road over the Green River. Town lattice truss; 104 feet long. Parking can be difficult near the bridge.
Dummerston Bridge

West Dummerston Covered Bridge Road West Dummerston, VT, 05357 Phone:

Location: Route 30 north 0.7 mile from West Dummerston; turn east on West Dummerston Covered Bridge Road. Travel 150 feet to the bridge.

The West Dummerston Bridge, built by Celeb B. Lamson in 1872, carries East-West Road over the West River. Completely restored in 1998. Two-span Town lattice truss. Parking in lot near the bridge.
Paper Mill Village Bridge

Murphy Road Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone:

Location: US7 north 1.2 miles from junction with Route 9 in Bennington; then northwest on Route 7A 0.8 miles; continue northwest on Route 67A west 1.4 miles; south on Murphy Road; 250 feet to the bridge.

The Paper Mill Bridge, built in 1889, carries Murphy Road across the Waloomsac River. This bridge is a short distance from rebuilt Silk Bridge and the Henry Bridge. Town lattice truss; 125 feet long. Parking in pulloffs on north side of bridge.
Victorian Village Bridge

Location: North of exit 6 on I-91, at the intersection of US 5 and Route 103, travel north on Route 103 for 2.5 miles. Bridge is an entrance to Vermont Country Store.

The Victorian Village Bridge is modified kingpost truss. The bridge span is 46 feet. Originally built in 1872, this bridge was dismantled and rebuilt in 1967. Privately owned. Parking at lot at Vermont Country Store.
Williamsville Bridge

Dover Road Newfane, VT, 05345 Phone:

Location: Off Route 30. Dover Road east 1.7 miles from junction with North Street in East Dover to the bridge. The bridge is east of East Dover in the town of Newfane.

The Williamsville Bridge, built by Eugene F. Wheller in 1870, is a 120-foot-long Town lattice truss. Parking on far side of bridge.
Silk Road / Locust Grove Bridge

Silk Road Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone:

Location: US7 north 1.2 miles from junction with Route 9 in Bennington; northwest on Route 7A 0.8 miles; continue northwest on Route 67A and west 1.0 miles; south on Silk Road (opposite Bennington College); 0.2 miles to the bridge.

The Silk Bridge, built in 1840, carries Silk Road across the Waloomsac River. This bridge is a short distance from Paper Mill Bridge and the Henry Bridge. Parking in pulloffs on the north side of the bridge.
Hall / Osgood Bridge

Sunderland Hill Road Rockingham, VT, 05101 Phone:

Location: Route 121 east 1.2 miles from junction with Westminster Street in Saxtons River, north on Sunderland Hill Road 200 feet to the bridge. The bridge is east of Saxtons River.

Hall Bridge, built about 1867, was destroyed by a truck in 1980, and an authentic replacement was built in 1982. Town lattice; 120 feet long.
Chiselville Bridge

Sunderland Hill Road Sunderland, VT, 05250 Phone:

Location: E. off Route 7. Travel east of Arlington, East Arlington Road east (curves north) 1.6 miles; continue north on Sunderland Hill Road; 0.4 miles to the bridge at Chiselville.

The Chiselville Bridge, built in 1870, carries Sunderland Hill Road over Roaring Branch Brook. The covered portion of the bridge is a town lattice truss and there is a center pier at mid span. It is worth the walk to go to the bottom of the ravine and view the bridge from below. Parking in pulloffs on the north side of the bridge.
Bridge at the Green/Arlington Bridge

Covered Bridge Road Arlington, VT, 05250 Phone:

Location: Northwest of Arlington, Route 313 West 4.2 miles from junction with Route 7A in Arlington (just past West Arlington); south on Covered Bridge Road; then 200 feet to the bridge.

The often-photographed Bridge at the Green, just two miles from the New York State border, was built in 1852 and it carries an unnamed road over the Battenkill River. Town lattice truss; 80 feet long. Parking in lot near fishing hole.
Worralls Bridge

Williams Road Bartonsville, VT, 05143 Phone:

Location: From Lower Bartonsville Road go south 0.5 miles from Bartonsville; continue south on Route 103 0.4 miles; east on Williams Road; then 0.2 mile to the bridge.

The Worrall Bridge, built in 1868 by the Sanford Granger, carries Williams Road over the Williams River. Town lattice; 86 feet long. Parking on west side of bridge.
Henry / Burt Bridge

River Road Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone:

Location: South-southwest of North Bennington. Travel Route 67A south 1.2 miles from junction with VT67 in North Bennington; west on River Road; 0.5 miles south on River Road; 150 feet to the bridge.

The Henry or Burt Bridge crosses the Waloomsac River in Bennington. This bridge is a short distance from the rebuilt Paper Mill Bridge and the Silk Bridge. It was built in 1840 and rebuilt in 1989. Between those times, the bridge had two sets of town lattice trusses to handle the weight of heavy loads of pig iron drawn by oxen. This made the Henry bridge the strongest covered bridge in Vermont. Town lattice truss; 127 feet long. Parking along Murphy Road.
Bartonsville Bridge

Lower Bartonsville Road Bartonsville, VT, 05143 Phone:

Location: Off Route 103 on Lower Bartonsville Road at the south edge of Bartonsville.

The Bartonsville Bridge, built in 1870 by the Sanford Granger, is an impressive 158-foot-long town lattice. This bridge is one of the longest in Vermont. It carries Pleasant Valley Road over the Williams River. Parking on west side of the road.