Vermont and Her Covered Bridges

As a child studying geography in grade school during the ‘50’s I found myself dreaming of visiting Vermont.  I don’t recall what it was about my studies that instilled this desire but it may have been the comments passed on by a teacher or maybe pictures of the beautiful green mountains.

Well as fate would have it my wife and I decided to travel to Vermont in August of 2009.  Our goal was to find and photograph as many covered bridges as we could in a week’s time.

We did a little research and found there to be over 100 covered bridges of which most were still in use.  They are carefully tended by the state transportation department.  Repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred thousand dollars to more than a million. They are performed by a select list of contractors who know the original methods for splicing timber together to make strong, lengthy beams and can follow the original engineering design.

We entered Vermont from the south entering a little town called Halifax in search of the Green River where we would find our first covered bridge.  Ironically called the Green River Bridge and one of the more photogenic bridges we were to see.

Like many of the bridges in Vermont, this bridge is still in use.  There was a sign on the bridge stating a $2.00 fine for driving faster than a walking pace.  I witnessed vehicles adhering to this practice even though I’m sure the fine is no longer enforced.

 

We continued our trip zigzagging our way up through Brattleboro and Dummerston.  Then over to Newfane and on up to Grafton.  Spending the nights at any motel we came to by the end of day.  We continued to crisscross across the state from the southern end to the northern end traveling on roads that I’m sure some Vermont residents didn’t even know existed.

 

While our trip was primarily to photograph covered bridges we found that Vermont had so much more to offer.  From quaint little towns with 19th century churches to Lake Champlain, home of Vermont’s own Loch Ness Monster, “Champ”.   The country’s smallest capital city, Montpelier, to the Quechee Gorge and the Green Mountains.    Yes, Vermont is best known for it’s skiing and fall foliage but any visitor passing thru Vermont in the heat of the summer will only be too pleased with what they would find.

 

 

 

Kudos to the Gray Ghost Inn, a family owned and operated bed and breakfast located on picturesque Route 100 in Southern Vermont, located a mile from the slopes of Mount Snow and fewer than 20 minutes to Stratton.  You will find the innkeepers, Carina and Magnus Thorsson, to be more then accommodating and quite a change from the previous owner.

A stay at the Gray Ghost Inn is not only kind to your wallet but also entertaining in it’s history.  I will not ruin your stay by leaking any more info as to what you will learn.

To hear a beautiful love song and view a great video of fall colors, visit this site.

Author:  Rick Backstrom