Gorham Covered Bridge

Gorham Covered Bridge
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After we hiked the Chaffee Falls Trail in Pittsford, we decided to check out the nearby covered bridges. Pittsford boasts four historic covered bridges, including the Gorham Covered Bridge. All four date back to the 1800s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Vermont has the most covered bridges per square mile in the United States. You can find more than 100 covered bridges in the state. Bridges were often built with roofs in the 19th century to protect the structural beams from the elements.

We stopped at the Gorham Covered Bridge first. The Gorham Bridge crosses Otter Creek and has a small parking lot on the riverbank. Renowned bridge-wrights Owens and Powers built the bridge in 1841.

The town has reinforced the floor of the bridge to accommodate modern traffic. My husband had fun driving through and posing for a car photo.

Gorham Covered Bridge

Pittsford Covered Bridges►

  • Gorham Bridge
  • Cooley Bridge
  • Depot Bridge
  • Hammond Bridge

Location: 256 Gorham Bridge Rd, Florence, VT
Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Date Designated/Established: 2/12/1974
Date of my visit: 7/31/2020

Gorham Covered Bridge

13 thoughts on “Gorham Covered Bridge

  1. I do enjoy visiting covered bridges. In 2018, we drove across the longest covered bridge in the world at Hartland, New Brunswick. Hopefully, these structures can be preserved for history sake. Have a great weekend T. Allan

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Allan! 3 out of the 4 that we saw on this trip were still active river crossings. The 4th wasn’t strong enough for vehicles, but it was set up as a pedestrian bridge.

  2. Hartland is still an active river crossing. You have to wonder for how much longer. The darn thing was so long, I found it hard to get it all in the photo from the parking lot. On this same trip we stopped in St. Martins, N.B., where there are two more smaller covered bridges. One has been closed since we last saw it in 2015. I guess it is better to preserve them, if they can’t hold up the current traffic load. Cheers.

  3. Anonymous

    Covered bridges, once practical, now always feel classy to me. We have one of Oregon’s few about three miles from our house.

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