Of the major attractions in Bennington, Vermont is and are the three covered bridges. The three covered bridges the Silk, Paper Mill and the Burt Henry are not only historic they are still in use today.
On our adventure, we first stopped at the Silk Covered Bridge, which was built by Benjamin Sears who is credited with the building of this or at least a member of his family who was known for making bridges in this region.
The Silk Covered Bridge was built in 1840 and is 88 feet long and 15 feet wide, which means it’s only a one lane bridge. In 2011, this bridge was damaged by Hurricane Irene, luckily instead of closing and getting rid of this bridge they decided to repair it.
Within 2 miles are the other two bridges, and they all cross the Walloomsac river. The next one we visited was the Paper Mill Village Bridge which is the longest covered bridge in Bennington County at 125 feet in length as well as being 18.5 feet wide is wider than the Silk. This bridge is credited to being built by Charles F. Sears who is the son of the builder of the Silk Covered Bridge.
This bridge has a waterfall located under it that the Vermont Tissue Paper Corporation used for production. Now the Spirits of Old Bennington have begun using it for vodka and gin production.
The third and final Covered Bridge in the area is the Burt Henry Covered Bridge which at 121 feet and 18.5 feet wide is not quite as long but just as significant. This covered bridge is located next to the historic Henry House, a house built-in 1769 which is now a bed and breakfast. The McWaters Park is located just under the bridge providing great parking for viewing this bridge.
While visiting the small town of Bennington be sure you definitely visit these locations as there are few of these covered bridges left in the world. You can also visit the Covered Bridge museum which is also located in Bennington.
If you’re interested in visiting covered bridges closer to you, there’s an awesome resource simply known as Covered Bridge Map which showcases covered bridges throughout the world. So go ahead and check them out.