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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  • The West Cornwall Covered Bridge was one of the covered bridges we toured on our Connecticut foliage driving tour. It is an antique wooden covered bridge. 
    The West Cornwall Covered Bridge was one of the covered bridges we toured on our Connecticut foliage driving tour. It is an antique wooden covered bridge.  more »
  • Went for genealogy research, enjoyed the bridge instead. Cute town and bridge. It was rather quiet as we were there during the week and likely out of season. Perfect time to visit! 
    Went for genealogy research, enjoyed the bridge instead. Cute town and bridge. It was rather quiet as we were there during the week and likely out of season. Perfect time to visit!  more »
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  • We love bridge views and the small stream entering the river here.
  • We stopped at the West Cornwall Covered Bridge while in the area. My wife had never been to New England and wanted to see a covered bridge. There is a small parking area on the east side of the bridge so you can pop out and take a picture or two. Vehicular traffic crosses the bridge so be careful while viewing. It's a very pretty, historical bridge and worth a stop if visiting the area.

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