New York State has covered bridges, many listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but nothing tops Vermont when it comes to the ubiquity of these treasured relics. There are over 100 to be found and photographed throughout rural Vermont.
While passing through Townshend, Vermont (20 minutes north of Stratton Mountain), I came to a screeching halt at the sight of this romantic beauty. The 1870’s Scott Bridge spans 277′ over the West River making it the longest covered bridge in Vermont. It’s not open to the public and the tight meshing of steel that surrounds the opening frame makes it difficult to take pictures. Still, I was able to fire off a few photos and marvel at the old wooden trusses.
Covered bridges were once known as “kissing bridges” because they provided privacy for a few precious moments to young couples riding through on horse and buggy. It’s unfortunate that this one is shut off from exploring, but others remain open. There are tours by bike, foot or car to dozens across the Green Mountain State, with history and engineering lessons explained at each location.
For further reading on this subject, enjoy the Fall issue of North Country Living magazine (volume 3, number 3) written by Lou Varricchio.
A few years ago, a story by Margot Page was published on GoNomad: Battenkill Valley, Cows and Covered Bridges.
For a listing by county, town and bridge name: Virtual Vermont.