There are several things that are iconic to Vermont. Among them: maple syrup, fall foliage, and, of course, covered bridges. Covered bridges were once entirely utilitarian but are now perhaps most valued for their scenic qualities and history. Vermont has over 100 covered bridges–that’s more covered bridges per square mile than any other state.
Covered bridges became popular in the 19th century in Vermont. Why covered? The roof was not just more convenient for those crossing the bridge during weather, it also protected the bridge, itself. As bridges at the time were built primarily of wood, this extra protection helped them last longer. Between 1820 and 1904, numerous covered bridges were built throughout Vermont’s highway system. Many were lost in later years due to the expanding highway system and technological advances, but luckily a large number remain and Vermont has become invested in their preservation.
On my recent visit to Vermont, I couldn’t help but stop to get a closer look at all the covered bridges we passed. Today I’m sharing my three favorites, all within a few miles of Woodstock. Pictured: Middle Bridge in Woodstock (photo above), the Quechee Bridge (below), and the Taftsville Bridge (red bridge, top photo and below). Between Quechee and Woodstock, we criss-crossed each of these covered bridges. A covered bridge is an easy recipe for a scenic and historic view, and I couldn’t get enough of them.
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Check out this Google Maps overlay: all of the Vermont covered bridges, mapped!
Curious if your state/country has covered bridges? Head over to the Covered Bridge Map, where you can sort by state/country. Oregon, for example, actually has an impressive number of covered bridges.
This NPS site has some great history and information about Central Vermont.
Vermont Vacation on covered bridges.
It should come as no surprise that Architectural Digest’s list of the most idyllic covered bridges includes several from Vermont. (Okay, I’m planning some trips though. These pictures are amazing!)
Slightly off-topic but if you’re interested in maple syrup, head here. Vermont produced 2 million gallons of maple syrup in 2016!