Gold Brook Covered Bridge (Emily's Covered Bridge), Stowe

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Gold Brook Covered Bridge, also known as Stowe Hollow Bridge or Emily's Bridge, is a small wooden covered bridge in the town of Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont, carrying Covered Bridge Road over Gold Brook. Built in 1844, it is the only 19th-century covered bridge in the state built using wooden Howe trusses and carrying a public roadway. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The Gold Brook Covered Bridge is located in the Stowe Hollow area of southeastern Stowe, carrying Covered Bridge Road across Gold Brook just north of a junction with Gold Brook Road and Stowe Hollow Road. The bridge is a single-span Howe truss, 48.5ft long and 17ft wide, with a roadway width of 13.5ft. It is covered by a gabled metal roof and rests on dry-laid stone abutments. The exterior is sheathed in vertical board siding, which extends most of the way to the eaves, leaving a narrow strip open at the top. The siding extends around the portals and a short way to their insides. The bridge decking is wooden planking.
The bridge was built about 1844 by John W. Smith, and is the state's only surviving example of a Howe truss in timber on a public roadway. It is also a comparatively early example of the truss type in general; the Howe truss was patented in 1840. It is furthermore the only surviving 19th-century covered bridge in the town of Stowe.
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  • Pretty little bridge. There's a lovely brook beneath it. It was easy to find. Just a short drive from Stowe.  more »
  • Short visit is all it takes. There was a small plaque with some history about the bridge. Could use some repairs.  more »
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  • Also, know as Emily's Birdge. I have lived here my whole life, almost 60 years, and only heard of it recently. It's supposed haunted but not lucky enough to have an encounter. We are going to go back on a Moonlight Night as advised for another chance. There is a steep path to go down to the river but so worth it. There was a family and their dog swimming in the shallow water the day we were there.
  • My family (wife and four kids under 10) showed up at dusk to check this place out, and it was pretty neat. The lady who lives across the street from the bridge came out of her house and informed us that her kids were trying to sleep and that we were "scaring them." I mean, you live across the street from a tourist attraction that happens to be a haunted bridge, right? We all make choices.

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