Quick Overview of Middle Covered Bridge:
Location: Woodstock, Vermont
How to find it: From Woodstock’s Village Green cross Route 4 walking away from the Woodstock Inn and toward Mountain Ave. The bridge is just steps away on this street.
When it was built: 1969
What it’s known for: This was the first bridge built in Vermont since 1889.
Who/what can travel it: Both cars and pedestrians can traverse the bridge.
Middle Covered Bridge, spanning Ottaquechee River, undoubtedly adds to the charm of one of Vermont’s most visited villages, Woodstock. It’s conveniently located for tourists – only steps away from the Village Green and the iconic Woodstock Inn.
This bridge is perhaps the most photographed in Woodstock, given its proximity to the downtown, its traditional character, and its picturesque setting.
Built in 1969 to replace an 1877 iron bridge, Middle Covered Bridge is the second newest wooden covered bridge in the state. When it was built by Milton S. Graton and his sons, it was the first covered bridge to be built in Vermont in 80 years.
Interestingly, instead of being built in place, Middle Covered Bridge was constructed near the river crossing. In July 1969, when construction was complete, the structure was pulled across the river by a team of oxen.
Despite its youth, Middle Covered Bridge carries the charm of its older siblings. That’s because it was constructed in the traditional Town lattice truss style and was built using traditional methods. For example, wooden pegs were used in place of modern nails.
Although most of the exterior of the bridge is stained wood, one entrance has been painted in a light gray color.
Visitors to the bridge are able to experience it on foot from both the outside and inside. Middle Covered Bridge features an area for cars and also a pedestrian walkway. And the bridge has a view of Mount Tom in the distance.
In 1974, Middle Covered Bridge suffered damage from an arsonists’ fire but was soon restored by the original builder, Milton S. Graton.
About Kerry Flatley
Kerry Flatley has lived in New England for the past 26 years. She has roots in Maine & Massachusetts, family in New Hampshire, and grew up close to the Connecticut border. She loves all that this region has to offer – the ocean, mountains, islands, history, villages, and cities. When she’s not writing about New England, she’s relaxing at home in the Boston suburbs with her two teenage daughters and husband.