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Covered Bridges New England

October 25, 2013 by  

Covered Bridges New England, When I tell a waitress in Troy, Vermont that I’m looking for covered bridges, she nods thoughtfully and suggests a few country roads. This is not the first time she’s been asked for these sorts of directions by someone with Massachusetts plates.

“Wish I could go with you,” she tells me, punctuating her wistfulness with a smoker’s wheeze.

She seems genuine, which is an astounding tribute to the lasting appeal of something so simple. Once practical — the bridges were designed so that their roofs would protect their floors, thus saving towns the trouble of replacing them every decade — the bridges have become the ultimate symbol of New England’s uncompromisingly quaint backyard despite the fact that there is nothing intrinsically interesting about them.

I find the bridge I’ve been directed toward at the end of a long dirt road and listen as a Ford F-150 plays the wooden notes of the slightly separated boards. The driver waves as he passes, presumably on his way to a dairy farm. There are a lot of dairy farms.

The river isn’t deep or wide, but it has clearly been persistent: Looking down from the middle of the bridge, I can see that the stones at the bottom have all been rolled smooth.

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