Visiting Vermont’s covered bridges is sure to take you off the well-traveled highways and into the countryside. Because Vermont’s highways tend to follow rivers and streams, covered bridges are frequently on a side road, not far from the major thoroughfare. Quite a few of them harbor swimming holes adjacent to the bridge. You’ll find three covered bridges within 20 miles of Brattleboro.
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Covered bridges a short drive from Brattleboro
Guilford Street, Brattleboro
Located 1.5 miles from downtown Brattleboro
Built in 1879 over Whetstone Brook, the bridge is 80 feet long and 19 feet wide. The slate roof replaced the original wooden shingles around 1917, and the sidewalk was added around the same time. Built in the Town’s Lattice Truss design, the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Route 30, Dummerston, VT
Located 7 miles from Brattleboro
The West Dummerston Covered Bridge crosses over the West River. The two span Town’s Lattice Truss bridge was built in 1872. At 271 feet long and 22 feet wide, it is the longest still operational covered bridge in Vermont.
Route 30, Townshend, VT
Located 19 miles from Brattleboro
The Scott Bridge is a three span structure in the town of Townshend. One span is town lattice truss with an arch; the next two spans are kingposts trusses with steel rods added for strength. The total length is 276 feet. Built by Harrison Chamberlin in 1870, the bridge carries Back Side Road over the West River.