Henry Covered Bridge

Henry Covered Bridge (HM1GKY)

Location: Concord, VT 05257 Bennington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 54.74', W 73° 15.29'

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across the Walloomsac River

This quiet spot was once a major river crossing. Traffic between southwestern Vermont and New York State crossed here, until the railroad was built in 1852, troops marched from Manchester, Vermont to the Battle of Bennington in 1777, and teams and stages transported freight and passenger. The original Henry Covered Bridge was built c. 1840. In the 1860s and ?70s, heavy wagon loads of iron ore were hauled over the bridge from the Burden Iron Company mine on Orebed Road to its washing works on Paran Creek in North Bennington. A succession of water-powered mills was located next to the bridge on the south side. The last was a grist mill operated into the 1920s by Bertine T. Henry, one of this area many descendants of the Irish-born William Henry (1734-1811).

This bridge is supported by Town lattice trusses. The design, patented in 1820 by Connecticut architect Ithiel Town, represented a great technological leap forward from the earlier heavy timber king post, queen post, and Burr truss styles. Carpenters with saw and and drills could assemble a lighter, stronger, web-like truss from mill-sawn planks with wooden trunnels (pegs). Bridges were covered to protect the structural skeleton from moisture, helping to preserve the bridge.

This bridge, built in 1989 by the State of Vermont, Agency of Transportation, is a replica replacing the deteriorating original bridge built c. 1840.

Two other covered bridges, the Paper Mill Village Covered Bridge and the Silk Road Covered Bridge, cross the Walloomsac River within two
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 642449 N 4752556
Decimal Degrees42.91233333, -73.25483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 54.74', W 73° 15.29'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 54' 44.4" N, 73° 15' 17.4" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6-30 Ore Bed Rd, Concord VT 05257, US
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