Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bennington Covered Bridges

Bennington, Vermont, is known for its covered bridges. They actually have a covered bridge museum where you can learn all about them and how they're made. I didn't actually tour the museum, but we took the time to drive through three of the five bridges. The bridges were covered to protect them from the harsh elements, keeping the wood dry and preventing it from rotting.

The Silk Bridge

Inside structure of the Silk Bridge

The Silk Bridge crosses the Walloomsac River and was built about 184. The inside structure is called Town Lattice, and all of the covered bridges in Bennington are the same type.

Paper Mill Village Bridge

Wallomsac River by the Paper Mill Village Bridge

The Paper Mill Village Bridge was originally named for a 1790 paper mill in Vermont. It was built by the son of Benjamin Sears, the man who built the Silk Bridge.

Henry Bridge

The Henry Bridge was named for Elnathan Henry who bought the land from James Breckenridge and constructed the Henry House in 1769. The Henry House operates today as a Bed & Breakfast Inn and is located directly across from the bridge. The Henry Bridge spans the Wallomsac River. The original bridge was constructed in 1840. In 1989 a complete restructuring was done by Blow and Cote, Inc.

Wallomsac River view upriver from Henry Bridge

Small dam and water fall Henry Bridge

Sunflower field next to Henry Bridge

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