Cooley 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 Cooley 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 Cooley Covered Bridge after the Gorham Bridge. The Cooley Bridge crosses Furnace Brook and is near the Cadwell Loop Trail-head. Nicholas Powers, who had apprenticed on the Gorham Bridge, built this bridge eight years later in 1849.

Cooley Covered Bridge

Pittsford Covered Bridges►

Cooley Covered Bridge

Location: Elm St, Pittsford, VT 05763
Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Date Designated/Established: 1/24/1974
Date of my visit: 7/31/2020

Cooley Covered Bridge

14 thoughts on “Cooley Covered Bridge

  1. You just have to love the ingenuity of the builders in those days to figure out how to achieve their goal with math and without computers. The bridge is not only functional, it is a work of art. Thanks for sharing T. Allan

  2. Covered bridges were some of the things we most enjoyed during our visits to this part of the US. We have nothing like them here in the UK, and they spoke to us of a lost, much simpler age. We were however shocked to read of of occasional attempts to burn them down by people described – if I remember correctly – as ‘Halloween revellers!’

    1. Wow, I never heard of that, but then we don’t have any close to our house. The worst they do around here for Halloween is toilet paper the landscaping. Before covid and the great tp shortage of 2020, of course.

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