Shrewsbury in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Built in 1880 and named after a Shrewsbury family, Brown Bridge is an exceptional illustration of 19th-century covered bridge construction and an outstanding example of a Town lattice truss, one of the most significant American timber truss types. Patented in 1820 by architect Ithiel Town, the truss system consists of a rectangular timber frame connected by sawn planks arranged in the form of a lattice and fastened together with wooden pegs. Brown Bridge is the best surviving example of the work of Nichols M. Powers, a prolific covered bridge builder from Clarendon. The bridge spans Cold River, using indigenous materials as its northwest abutment. Brown Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2014.
Erected 2016 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 33.994′ N, 72° 55.154′ W. Marker is in Shrewsbury, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is on Upper Cold River Road 0.1 miles east of Cold River Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cuttingsville VT 05738, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingsley Grist Mill (approx. 3.1 miles away); George Schmitt (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Deere (approx. 3.9 miles away); Julia C.R. Dorr (approx. 4 miles away); Old State House (approx. 4 miles away); Martin Henry Freeman (approx. 4.1 miles away); Italian American Club of Rutland, Vermont (approx. 4.4 miles away); Center Rutland Depot (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
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