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A New Life for the Martin Bridge in Marshfield


Martin Covered Bridge
The 44-foot long Martin Bridge, among the last of Vermont’s agricultural covered bridges, straddles the Winooski River in Marshfield. Built in 1890, the bridge is believed to be the only one in Vermont that never had an actual road cross through it.
Martin Bridge was built with farming in mind, and its purpose was to connect two fields divided by the 90-mile long Winooski River. The bridge is narrower and has fewer supports than a typical covered bridge. It’s also taller to accommodate hay wagons and includes a cattle gate for livestock.
The bridge underwent an extensive renovation this year after falling into disrepair. I read in the local newspaper that the bridge at one point was tilted 18 inches to one side, and residents feared it would collapse into the river. The community rallied and received grants to refurbish the local landmark last spring. Surrounding the updated bridge is a new town park, which includes hiking and biking trails.

Martin Bridge is one of about 100 covered bridges still standing around the state. This small, unique bridge survived the Flood of 1927, which destroyed many covered bridges in Vermont.
Categories:
covered bridges, Marsfield, Winooski River
3 Comments
  • NCmountainwoman
    Posted at 12:07h, 20 October Reply

    What a charming bridge. I’m so glad the community saved this bit of history.

  • Steve B
    Posted at 23:32h, 20 October Reply

    What a great little bridge. I’m going to have to pull out a map and trace the Winooski. It surprises me that it goes so deep into the Green Mountains! I lived in the Greater Burlington area for a while, so I know the Lake Champlain end.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 23:45h, 20 October Reply

    The Winooski is beautiful. It rises in the town of Cabot and flows through several towns east of Burlington before emptying into Lake Champlain.

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