Of all the many things that add charm to our beautiful Vermont landscape, covered bridges have to be near the top of the list. The classic wood structure, while being practical –the roof helps protects the wood expanse—has an air of romance about it, reminding us of simpler time perhaps.
Stay with us at Maple Leaf Inn and you’ll be within an easy drive to many of the area’s best covered bridges.
Just minutes away in Woodstock is the state’s oldest covered bridge, the Taftsville Bridge. Built in 1836 across the Ottauquechee River, it’s a picture perfect red structure that sits over a waterfall. The Middle Bridge is fittingly located in the middle of Woodstock. This is a 1969 reproduction of the original bridge, with a town lattice design that spans 139 feet.
At 465 feet, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world and the longest wooden bridge in the Unites States. It was completely rebuilt in 1989, restoring the lattice design that crosses the Connecticut River at Windsor, connecting Vermont to New Hampshire.
You’ll find two bridges in West Windsor. The Best Covered Bridge, which is just 37 feet long, is notable for its stark gray paint, inside and out. Bowers Bridge is just one of two Tied Arch design bridges remaining in Vermont. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1919 bridge was damaged by a 2011 hurricane and subsequent vehicle strikes and its future now in uncertain.
Pittsford, Vermont, which is about a one-hour drive from the Inn, is home to three covered bridges constructed in a town lattice truss design: the 114-foot Gorham Bridge, built in 1841; the 1849 Cooley Bridge, about half the length of Gorham, at 53-feet; and the Depot Bridge, built in 1840 and restored in the 1980’s.
There are several other covered bridges within an hour of the Inn, in Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Rutland, Brandon, and Cornwall. Check the Vermont state tourism website for a full listing of the state’s covered bridges. Then plan a little getaway to the Inn…and start touring!