Tour Vermont's Covered Bridges
and other Historic Sites
from the Birch Ridge Inn!

Taftsville Bridge

Taftsville Bridge in Woodstock VT

Vermont's covered bridges symbolize an honored past and stand as proof of that past's enduring relevance. Originally built "a load of hay high and wide", the resulting structures have enchanted visitors, while providing a vital transportation link for local Vermonters. Along major traffic corridors, many bridges have been replaced with modern structures of steel and asphalt. But just off the main traffic routes, the majority of Vermont 's existing covered bridges continue to perform their original function, while carrying traffic even heavier than their designers had anticipated. A fine example is the Taftsville Bridge in Woodstock, built in 1836.

All told, Vermont has some 106 covered bridges (not including the Covered Carriageway found at the Birch Ridge Inn.) Many bridges are clustered in a way that makes them easy to visit during a tour of the Vermont countryside

Covered Bridges near the Birch Ridge Inn include:

Bridge

Kingsley

Brown

Twin

Gorham

Cooley

Depot

Hammond

Sanderson

Taftsville

Middle

Frank Lewis

Smith

Lincoln

Town

Clarendon

Shrewsbury

Rutland Town

Proctor

Pittsford

Pittsford

Pittsford

Brandon

Woodstock

Woodstock

Woodstock

Pomfret

Woodstock

Year Built

1870

1880

1850

1842

1849

1840

1842

1840

1836

1969

1981

1870

1877

While you are out touring Covered Bridges, Mary and Bill also recommend that you include other historic sites in Vermont. Some they recommend include:

Billings Farm and Museum

A premier agricultural museum which sustains the spirit of the late 19th century Vermont agriculture. The farm reveals the richness and sophistication of Vermont farm life as well as its ordinary details. Explore the barns at milking time, the farm life exhibits and award winning 1890 farm house. Located in Woodstock Vermont.

Calvin Coolidge Birth Place

A museum and village dedicated to the 30th President of the United States. The museum is a chronology of the life of Calvin Coolidge and the village depicts life during the era in which he lived. Located in the Plymouth Notch Historic District, Plymouth Vermont.

Vermont Marble Museum

The museum depicts the history of marble quarrying and production of new blocks of marble into finished products. There is a focus on both the wide assortment of uses for Vermont marble as well as the significant impact the industry has had on the state of Vermont. Located in Proctor Vermont.

Wilson Castle

An architectural master piece built in the middle of the 18th century. The facade of the castle is set with English brick and marble and is dominated by nineteen open proscenium arches and shadowed by a towering turret parapet and balcony. The estate is set on 115 acres of land which includes a cattle barn, stables. the carriage house, the gas house and an aviary stocked with Indian peacocks. Located in Proctor Vermont.