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Covered Bridge on Rt4 at Taftsville Vermont

Taftsville Bridge on US Rt. 4, east of Woodstock, Vermont.

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

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, shown on the left.

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

Bridges near the Birch Ridge Inn include:

Bridge Name

Town

Year Built

Kingsley

Clarendon

1870

Brown

Shrewsbury

1880

Twin

Rutland Town

1850

Gorham

Proctor-Pittsford

1842

Cooley

Pittsford

1849

Depot

Pittsford

1840

Hammond

Pittsford

1842

Sanderson

Brandon

1840

Taftsville

Woodstock

1836

Middle

Woodstock

1969

Frank Lewis

Woodstock

1981

Smith

Pomfret

1870

Lincoln

Woodstock

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.

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