A Perfect Rockwell Scene at the West Arlington Covered Bridge
April 09, 2013
Just off sleepy Route 313 is one of Vermont’s most photographed and beloved landmarks: the West Arlington Covered Bridge. The bridge, built in 1852 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, spans the famous Battenkill River. Nearby is the Gothic-steepled Chapel on the Green and up the street is a Vermont inn that is the former home of Norman Rockwell.
The scene in this photo is the same view Rockwell enjoyed from the 19th-century farmhouse in West Arlington where he lived from 1943 to 1953, some of his most productive years as an artist.
I have seen many beautiful photographs of the covered bridge and church in the summer and fall. On a recent chilly April day, I wanted to see these landmarks in the starkness of early spring. The scene was different, but still beautiful.
Then I found this quote from Norman Rockwell, and it made me appreciate my visit even more.
“Commonplaces never become tiresome. It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative. We find that it is not a new scene which is needed, but a new viewpoint.” -Norman Rockwell
**If You Go: West Arlington Covered Bridge
Inn on the Covered Bridge Green