Bartonsville Covered Bridge

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Bartonsville Covered Bridge
The Northeast approach to the Bartonsville bridge
Location Bartonsville, Vermont
Coordinates 43°13′27.23″N 72°32′12.45″W / 43.2242306°N 72.5367917°W / 43.2242306; -72.5367917Coordinates: 43°13′27.23″N 72°32′12.45″W / 43.2242306°N 72.5367917°W / 43.2242306; -72.5367917
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1871
Architect Granger, Sanford
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 73000201[1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1973

The Bartonsville Covered Bridge was a wooden covered bridge in the village of Bartonsville, in Rockingham, Vermont, United States. Built in 1870 by Sanford Granger, the bridge was a lattice truss style with a 151 foot span across the Williams River. In 2011, it was destroyed in flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, was rebuilt in 2012, and reopened in 2013.


The bridge was built after the great flood of 1869 that changed the course of the river replacing another covered bridge about 1/4 mile up the road where the river used to flow.[2] The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was located on Lower Bartonsville Road, a paved road a short distance north from Vermont Route 103. Nearby, to the east, is the Worrall Covered Bridge, also built by Granger.

In the 1960s, a Town of Rockingham gravel truck fell through the bridge cutting off cars from Lower Bartonsville Village from the direct link to Vermont Route 103 until the floor was replaced. In the early 1980s extensive renovations were conducted on the bridge, including replacing the abutment on the north side of the bridge, reinforcing the original stone abutments on the south side of the bridge, and replacing the roof and the weathered siding.

Destruction by Hurricane Irene and replacement[edit]

On August 28, 2011, the bridge was destroyed by flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall from Hurricane Irene's landfall on the U.S. East Coast.[3][4][5] An effort to rebuild the structure[6] was supported by town officials, who voted to use the bridge's insurance money to build another covered bridge.[7]

The bridge was reopened on January 26, 2013.[8]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Lovell, F.S. & Lovell, L.C (1958). History of the Town of Rockingham, Vermont: Including the Villages of Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Rockingham, Cambridgeport and Bartonsville, 1907 – 1957 with Family Genealogies. Town of Rockingham. 
  3. ^ Flooding takes toll on historic bridges,
  4. ^ Kane, Trish. "Video clips and news on covered bridge damage due to Hurricane Irene". Vermont Covered Bridges Society website. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Eckholm, Erik (August 31, 2011). "Covered Bridges, Beloved Remnants of Another Era, Were Casualties, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bartonsville woman who caught bridge’s destruction, now helps to rebuild it, Rutland Herald
  7. ^ Keese, Susan (November 2, 2011). "Bartonsville Bridge To Be Rebuilt". Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Melissa Sheketoff, WCAX-TV, Historic Bridge Back Open, January 26, 2013