The Taftsville Covered Bridge in Woodstock is one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont. I’ve crossed the bridge many times over the years, but yesterday was the first time I’ve visited the bridge since it reopened last fall.
Vermont has about 100 covered bridges. When Tropical Storm Irene hit the state in August 2011, it destroyed two covered bridges — the Bartonsville bridge in Rockingham and the Quechee bridge (both have since been rebuilt). The Taftsville Covered Bridge was severely damaged from the storm but managed to stay intact. It remained closed for repairs for two years until September 2013.
Built in 1836, the bridge connects Route 4 in Taftsville (a village in Woodstock) and River Road, and spans the Ottauquechee River in Windsor County. If you haven’t visited yet, make a plan to see this magnificent historic icon as soon as you can.