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Near Woodstock in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Taftsville Covered Bridge

 
 
Taftsville Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, December 26, 2014
1. Taftsville Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.  The Taftsville Covered Bridge is a rare example of early vernacular wooden truss covered bridges in the United States. All evidence indicates the builder, a longtime Taftsville resident named Solomon Emmons III, used no existing patented bridge truss designs, and that the design and construction techniques are unique. Constructed entirely of local wood and stone in 1836, at a cost of $1800, it is the oldest covered bridge in Windsor County, and the third oldest in the state. At approximately 189 feet in length at the floor, and 200 feet at the roof, it is the second longest covered bridge in Vermont. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene devastated the south abutment, closing the bridge for two years while extensive repairs and restoration efforts were made.
 
Erected 2013 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
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.
 
Location. 43° 37.842′ N, 72° 28.096′ 
Wide view of the Taftsville Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, December 26, 2014
2. Wide view of the Taftsville Covered Bridge Marker
W. Marker is near Woodstock, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Happy Valley Road on Covered Bridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodstock VT 05091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Theron Boyd House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Woodstock Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Justin Morgan (approx. 2.4 miles away); Paul Revere Bell (approx. 2˝ miles away); Stone Turnpike Marker (approx. 2˝ miles away); Historical Marker (approx. 2.6 miles away); Woodstock (approx. 2.6 miles away); Marianne Gaillard Faulkner (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodstock.
 
Regarding Taftsville Covered Bridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic American Engineering Record:Taftsville Bridge. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Vermont Public Radio: A Tale of Two Bridges: Upper Valley Finally Re-Connected After Irene. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Taftsville Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, December 26, 2014
3. Taftsville Covered Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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