Per square mile, there are more Covered Bridges in Vermont than in any other state in the U.S. Residents in Vermont cherish their covered bridges, not minding the way a driver has to slow down and often wait for an oncoming car to travel through the bridge first.
When I lived in Vermont, I sometimes went out of my way to cross a covered bridge on my way to and from work. I even remember one occasion when the covered bridge was closed for repairs and the wide detour I had to take made me late! My employer was not impressed with my excuse, but I often chose to go that way again, though usually on my way home!
In Vermont, as elsewhere, covered bridges were built in the days when horse and buggy was the main form of transportation. People had a different sense of time and movement than we do today. Sometimes it's fun to slow down our own lives and think about what it would have been like to live when the roads were full of horses and people moving on foot. Visiting covered bridges in Vermont or other places helps us do just that.
There's a sign like that on the Windsor, VT, to Cornish, NH., bridge: Walk Your Horses or Pay Two Dollars Fine.
I meant NH or VT area... thanks
I am trying to find information on a white sign I have that reads "Walk your horses $10 fine" in black lettering. Thinking it is from the NH or CT area.... any information would be greatly appreciated.
I've crossed that Tunbridge bridge, too, Evelyn. Thanks for your comment!
I often drive across the covered bridge in Dummerston and occasionally cross covered bridges in Tunbridge or Williamsville. As a child I remember driving through the covered in Townshend. It is now closed to traffic but you can still walk across it which I do every chance I get.
Thanks for all your comments! I hope those of you who haven't yet had the chance will get to cross those wooden structures someday. It is a little bit like stepping into the past.
I love little bits of history like this. I've never visited Vermont but now I know what to look out for if I do!
There's a covered bridge I cross between Brandon and VT Rt 30 to get to my daughter's house in Hubbardton. It's one lane wide, and you need to slow down to look ahead to see if there's someone crossing before you venture across. Love it.
It never occurred to me people might have to pay a toll. Interesting.
You know....I was simply devastated that I didn't win the HGTV Dream Home in Stowe. One of the reasons I fell in love with the area was the pictures of these bridges! They're just so charming and inviting. Love them!