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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 Hammond 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 Hammond Covered Bridge after the Depot Bridge. The Hammond Bridge, built in 1842, crosses Otter Creek but is no longer in use. The town built a modern span, bypassing the Hammond Bridge in 1960. You can still walk through it, but cars no longer allowed.
Heavy rains in November 1927 caused massive flooding in Vermont. The flood killed 84 people and destroyed nearly 1300 bridges, including the Hammond Bridge. The waters swept the bridge a mile downstream and deposited it in a field. The town moved the bridge back later that winter.
Pittsford Covered Bridges►
Location: Kendall Hill Rd, Pittsford, VT 05763
Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Date Designated/Established: 1/21/1974
Date of my visit: 7/31/2020