Old Bennington in Bennington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Henry Covered Bridge
across the Walloomsac River
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
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 42° 54.74′ N, 73° 15.29′ W. Marker is in Old Bennington, Vermont, in Bennington County. Marker is on Murphy Road near Ore Bed Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1037 Murphy Road, Bennington VT 05201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hub of History (within shouting distance of this marker); McWaters Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seth Warner House (about 800 feet away); Birthplace of Vermont (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paper Mill History / Covered Bridges Span Rivers And Time (approx. one mile away); The Paper Mill Village Bridge Park-McCullough House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Railroad Station (approx. 1˝ miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is at the south end of the covered bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Vermont Covered Bridges List. (Submitted on September 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Covered Bridge - Wikipedia. A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. (Submitted on September 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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