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The Chiselville Covered Bridge was built in 1870 by Daniel Oatman. It spans the Roaring Branch on Sunderland Hill Road in Sunderland, Vermont.
This bridge is a lattice truss bridge with additional steel I-beams which were installed in 1973 after it was damaged by two, overweight, gravel trucks in 1971!
This bridge is 117 feet long and still open to car traffic. It was built at a cost of $2,307.31. It is located high above the water and was once known as High Bridge and survived the flood of 1927.
There is not much in the way of scenery here, and the most intriguing thing about the bridge may be the sign which reads: One Dollar Fine For Driving Faster Than A Walk On This Bridge
The other interesting thing about this bridge is that it was featured in the 1987 film Baby Boom.
Did You Know:
- Covered bridges were once known as kissing bridges because they provided a moment of privacy during the days of horse-and-buggy courtships
- The purpose of covering a bridge is to protect the wooden structure from weather
- Uncovered bridges only have a lifespan of about 20 years due to the effects of rain and sun
- A covered bridge could last over 100 years
- There are just over 100 authentic covered bridges in the state of Vermont, giving the state the highest number of covered bridges per square mile in the United States!
- A covered bridge is considered authentic not due to its age but by its construction, which is trusses rather than other methods such as stringers.
We recently visited this bridge on our trip to Vermont. To be honest, I think we came upon this bridge by way of a wrong turn! Regardless, it was nice to see, drive through, and learn about!
The Town of Sunderland is located in Bennington County in the southwest corner of Vermont. It is also only a four-hour drive to New York City NY, Boston MA, Hartford CT, Northern New Jersey and Canada!
Interesting Demographics about Sunderland Vermont:
According to the Census:
- 1790 had a population of 414
- 1890 had a population of 633
- 1990 had a population of 872
- 2018 had a population of 943
Popular Things to do in or near Sunderland Vermont:
- Mountain biking
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