Covered Bridge Facts & Guide

Covered Bridge in Southern Vermont

You may pass through all five Bennington County covered bridges in a standard size automobile – one lane only. Bridges were covered to keep the wood dry and thereby avoid rot. This became the trend in 1805 when a bridge designed by Timothy Palmer, an architect, proved most durable.

Most covered bridges are painted red because iron ochre was an inexpensive pigment. Here is an early recipe for bridge paint: 2 qts skim milk, buttermilk or whey; 8 oz newly slaked lime, 6oz oil from ground flaxseed, 2oz turpentine; 1.5lbs pulverized ochre.

The most common type of covered bridge is the “Town Lattice” style of construction. All Bennington County Bridges are of this type.

There is a parking area and picnic tables located at the Henry Bridge, spanning the Walloomsac River.

Paper Mill Village Bridge
Route 67A .5 mile west of the Silk Road Bridge (watch for sign). Dimensions: 125.5 feet long. 14.25 feet wide. 8.67 feet high at truss. 11.17 feet high at center.

Silk Road Bridge
Located just across from the entrance to Bennington College on Route 67A. Dimensions: 88 feet long, 14.25 feet wide, 10 feet high at truss, 11.9 feet high at center.

Henry Bridge
Located just off Route 67A- turn left on Murphy Road (watch for signs). Dimensions: 117 feet long, 11.8 feet wide, 8.7 feet high at center.

Chiselville Bridge
Just off Route 7A in Arlington. Turn right onto East Arlington Road 1.9 miles to bridge. Dimensions 117 feet long, 11.8 feet wide, 8.7 feet high at truss, 10.9 feet high at center.

West Arlington Bridge
Take a left off Route 7A in Arlington onto Route 313 west 4.4 miles on left side.

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