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?

It is unclear why the New England bridges were covered with wood and provided with a roof. 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 ice bridges, they were covered to protect them from the elements and unpredictable weather of New England winters. Another explanation is more prosaic and unflattering. Because they remind the viewer of stables, animals that were used to them crossed them without any problems. What's more romantic is the fact that they were in the past - and maybe today too, 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 vary greatly from bridge to bridge. Some are closed. Others have a wooden grille that allows some daylight to pass under the bridge roof. They are painted in all colors from red to white to brown. They look particularly beautiful Indian Summer when the deciduous trees in the area turn into the colors of autumn. Then the bridge colors compete with a fireworks display 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 © 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 New England state: Vermont has 106 of them. There are 54 in New Hampshire and nine of the wooden beauties in Maine. Specimens can also be found in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. However, these are often not easy to find as 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.


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Covered Bridges: romantic New England

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn