Bridges in Three States

I took a trip through Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts to photograph all the bridges in those states I haven’t been to yet.

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge, Foster, Rhode Island

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge, Foster, Rhode Island

Rhode Island has never had many covered bridges – historical records exist for only 5. The last of these was replaced with concrete in 1920.

Swamp Meadow Sign

Swamp Meadow Sign

It was not until 1993, when the Swamp Meadow bridge was opened, that a covered bridge carried traffic in the state again. But just a few months later the bridge was completely destroyed by arsonists. The community rallyed, and rebuilt, opening the current Swamp Meadow bridge in November of 1994.

Fitzgerald Covered Bridge, Brooklyn, Connecticut

Fitzgerald Covered Bridge, Brooklyn, Connecticut

Inside the Fitzgerald Covered Bridge

Inside the Fitzgerald Covered Bridge

Connecticut’s newest bridge is the Fitzgerald in Brooklyn. It was opened in 2010.

Johnsonville Village Covered Bridge, East Haddam, Connecticut

Johnsonville Village Covered Bridge, East Haddam, Connecticut

In the 1960’s a man named Raymond Schmitt started an extraordinary collection. He gathered a Victorian village including a church, homes, and other buildings, as well as furnishing them with antiques. At some point he had this bridge built by Thomas Kronenberger as well. Schmitt called the place Johnsonville Village and hosted weddings and other events.

In the 90’s he got into a dispute with the town, then passed away. His village is now all but abandoned. A few attempts have been made to purchase the village for some new purpose, but nothing has resulted yet. Whatever happens I hope this beautiful bridge is preserved.

Worthington Pond Farm Covered Bridge, Somers, Connecticut

Worthington Pond Farm Covered Bridge, Somers, Connecticut, USA

This bridge was built in 2002 by Ron Ouelette using trees from the farm and 19th century building techniques. The glaring exception is the set of dormer windows across the south side. The bridge is used as a picnic area and the windows provide added light inside.

Worthington Pond Farm Covered Bridge, Somers, Connecticut

Worthington Pond Farm Covered Bridge, Somers, Connecticut

Gilbertville Covered Bridge, Hardwick, Massachusetts

Gilbertville Covered Bridge, Hardwick, Massachusetts

The Gilbertville Covered Bridge was closed for 8 years, waiting for repairs. The restoration happened last year and the bridge was opened to traffic once again in October of 2010. It was originally built in 1886.

Old Ironsides Covered Bridge, Rutland, Massachusetts

Old Ironsides Covered Bridge, Rutland, Massachusetts

This bridge is named after the world’s oldest floating naval vessel, the USS Constitution – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution . It was built on private land in 1975.

Old Ironsides Covered Bridge

Old Ironsides Covered Bridge

For free interactive maps of all the covered bridges in the United States visit coveredbridgemap.com .