Covered Bridges: romantic New England

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New England covered bridges have a touch of the past. They spread charm that brings back memories. One almost expects that instead of the cars and bicycles that pass them, horse-drawn carriages bump over their wooden planks. The covered bridges of New England. Covered bridges are one of the attractions that make New England unique.

 

Cornish Windsor Bridge © Copyright New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development
Cornish Windsor Bridge © Copyright New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development

Where can I find the Covered Bridges in New England?

Why the New England bridges were clad with wood and roofed is unclear. There are explanations for this that vary. Some say the reason is the winters in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont. To protect the carriages from the dangers of the ice bridges, they have been covered to protect them from the elements and capricious weather of winters in New England. Another explanation is rather prosaic and unflattering. Because they remind the viewer of stables, animals that were used to them crossed them with no problem. More romantic is the fact that they were in the past - and maybe also today, who knows? - were used by lovers to kiss, protected from the curiosity of others.

 

Lowe's Covered Bridge © Copyright Maine Office of Tourism
Lowe's Covered Bridge © Copyright Maine Office of Tourism

Bridge shapes

Their shapes differ greatly from bridge to bridge. Some are closed. Others have a wooden grille that lets some daylight through under the bridge roof. They are painted in all colors from red to white to brown. They look particularly beautiful in the Indian Summer, when the deciduous trees in their surroundings turn into the colors of autumn. Then the bridge colors shine in competition with a firework of foliage colors.

 

Warren Bridge © Copyright Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing
Warren Bridge © Copyright Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing

The Vermont Covered Bridge Museum in Bennington

If you want to find out more about the history and architecture of the bridges, you should visit the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum in Bennington. In the Center for the Arts you can watch drawings and films about the bridge structures in the region. There you learn, among other things, that the red paint was often used to paint the bridges because it was particularly inexpensive. You simply mixed them together from buttermilk, lime, flax oil, turpentine and ocher yourself.

 

 

West Cornwall Bridge © Copyright Connecticut Office of Tourism
West Cornwall Bridge © Copyright Connecticut Office of Tourism

Where to find Covered Bridges in New England

Covered bridges can be found in every state in New England: Vermont owns 106 of them. In New Hampshire there are 54, in Maine there are nine of the wooden beauties, and there are also specimens in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. However, these are often not easy to find because they are usually not on the main thoroughfares. Therefore, it is a good idea to find out where you are along the route for the New England Tour before you travel.

 

Do you like to travel by motorhome?

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  • For example, there's a nice RV park near Bennington here: Dorset RV Park, 1567 Route 30, Dorset, VT 05251, United States
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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