Vermont boasts of the most well-preserved and
cherished of classic covered bridges in the United
States. Only a few covered bridges still remain in
Northfield but it still has the one of the highest
number of historic covered bridges in the country.

All of these bridges were a product of the most
exciting era of development in Vermont. In the late
1800�s, there was a burst of roads and highways
construction which is considered to be the peak of
Vermont�s transportation history. This growth spur led
to the building of the famous covered bridges which
are now considered to be great historical pieces worth
preserving for future generations to see.

The Covered Bridges of Vermont

The weather in Vermont is very unpleasant during
winter and covering bridges where the most practical
way to protect them from the damaging effects of snow
and extreme weather


The weather in
Vermont is very unpleasant during
winter and covering bridges where the most practical
way to protect them from the damaging effects of snow
and extreme weather. Covered bridges can last up to
three times longer than ordinary bridges so aside form
its beauty; it was also very practical to build it in
such as way that it can also serve as temporary
shelter for weary travelers avoiding terrible weather.

Over a hundred covered bridges still exists in the
state of Vermont. Intensive commercialization and
expansion in the state�s highway systems led to the
slow deterioration and inevitable neglect of these
bridges. But even so, Vermont still has highest
concentration of these bridges in the entire county.

Nowadays, covered bridges are protected and maintained
using public funds


Nowadays, covered bridges
are protected and maintained
using public funds. There are even laws protecting
these historic bridges. No bridge can be demolished
without the prior permission of the board that
oversees the management and preservation of historical
sites.

The first covered bridge in Vermont is the Northfield
Falls Bridge which was built around 1872 to facilitate
the infrastructural development of the town. It is
also considered to be the longest in the state at
around 137 feet, which is far longer compared to the
other bridges within the area. There are many
preserved bridges in Northfield that it�s the only
state in America where one can see another covered
bridge right after crossing one.

This is especially true for three of the most
well-preserved bridges: the Upper Cox, Northfield
Falls, and Lower Cox Covered Bridges


This is especially
true for three of the most
well-preserved bridges: the Upper Cox, Northfield
Falls, and Lower Cox Covered Bridges. The only bridge
that was never altered structurally in the history of
Vermont is the Slaughterhouse covered bridge. It was
named after a now abandoned local slaughterhouse just
across the Dog River. Another popular covered bridge
is the Stony Brook Covered Bridge. Said to be the last
representative of the time in which Vermont saw the
greatest construction of covered bridges, this bridge
is now considered to be one of the most important and
historically significant in the covered bridges of
Northfield.

Vermont is such a historical state and the cities
within it are taking great efforts to preserve
historical pieces from deterioration – both buildings
and bridges. The country has seen a tremendous
increase of interest in preserving covered bridges and
Vermont, which has one of the highest numbers of such
bridges, is taking the lead.

Laws are enacted and revised whenever the need for
preservation arises, and thanks to the interest of the
townspeople where these bridges can be found, the
future for these historic pieces looks good


Laws are enacted
and revised whenever the need for
preservation arises, and thanks to the interest of the
townspeople where these bridges can be found, the
future for these historic pieces looks good. A road
trip to this magnificent state will surely allow one
to witness the beauty and history of the covered
bridges of Vermont.