West Cornwall Covered Bridge, West Cornwall

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The West Cornwall Covered Bridge (an earlier incarnation was known as the Hart Bridge) is a wooden covered lattice truss bridge carrying the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike over the Housatonic River in the town of Cornwall, Connecticut. Records indicate that a bridge may have been in place in this location as early as 1762. A previous bridge was destroyed in the flood of 1837 and a new bridge was constructed in 1841. This bridge would also be destroyed and the current bridge would be completed circa 1864. Utilizing the central pier from the previous incarnation, despite the Town lattice being able to withstand the weight and single span, the bridge has two spans. The later addition of queen trusses and supports gives the bridge an unusual appearance. Modernization of the bridge in 1968 and 1973 has continued to let the bridge handle traffic. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

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  • An excellent place to fulfil your 'Bridges of Madison County' dreams. This was well worth the detour on our journey between the Catskills and Springfield. Drop into the ebike rental if you have time.....  more »
  • Stopped in here on a Saturday and had a nice picnic lunch on a bench along the river. It's a gorgeous setting, and the babbling water was lovely. There used to be a small eatery on the corner, but...  more »
  • Just so pretty. Not too many covered bridges! Wonderful views. Must love nature! Appreciation for amazing things in the past is also much needed! Park and walk around West Cornwall, a town that is currently under renovation and absolutely adorable. Can not wait for more places and stores to be open a little more, like New Preston The art gallery that is there is amazing. Currently there is an amazing furniture store and the catch all store, plus another book store is open on weekends. Cute place to catch on way to Kent. So many hiking trails and the water is amazing for kayaking or just enjoying the beautiful scenery. Just amazing
  • I love this place. I take a trip there at least once a year. The ride is beautiful. It's such a quiet peaceful place. It's so calming. Definitely worth the ride.

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