New England’s Covered bridges, those small engineering icons from the minds of 19th-century America, attract artists and sight-seekers from all over the world. Their romantic architecture has complemented the New England landscape’s stunning scenery for hundreds of years, and they were and are workhorses of daily life and travel. Every New England state is home to these architectural gems.
Take a camera or paints and an easel. Artists have been using the bridges as models for centuries. Take boots; you may be inspired to wade into or near a stream to view the trusses from below. Look for safe, off-road parking near the bridge and walk to it to look at it. New Englanders love the bridges and they welcome visitors to view and enjoy them, but they prefer you don’t block traffic. These bridges are on the job in their communities.
Check out Vermont’s Covered Bridge Museum at 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vermont. Hours of operation are irregular; call ahead at 802-442-7158.