Longley Covered Bridge

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Longley Covered Bridge
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Bridge in U.S. state of Vermont
Carries Automobile
Crosses Trout River
Locale Montgomery, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Montgomery
ID number VT-06-08
Characteristics
Design Covered, Town lattice
Material Wood
Total length 84 ft 7 in (25.78 m)
Width 16 ft 1.25 in (4.91 m)
No. of spans 1
Load limit 3 tons
Clearance above 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
History
Constructed by Sheldon and Savannah Jewett
Construction end

1863 (1863)

Longley Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Longley Covered Bridge
Longley Covered Bridge is located in the US
Longley Covered Bridge
Coordinates 44°54′26″N 72°39′19″W / 44.90722°N 72.65528°W / 44.90722; -72.65528Coordinates: 44°54′26″N 72°39′19″W / 44.90722°N 72.65528°W / 44.90722; -72.65528
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
NRHP Reference # 74000220[1]
Added to NRHP December 30, 1974

The Longley Covered Bridge, also known as the Harnois Covered Bridge,[2] is a wooden covered bridge that crosses the Trout River in Montgomery, Vermont on Longley Bridge Road. Built in 1863, this Town lattice truss bridge is the oldest of a group of area bridges built by brothers Sheldon & Savannah Jewett. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] The bridge is closed to traffic, and has been bypassed by an adjacent temporary bridge.

Description and history[edit]

The Longley Covered Bridge is located in a rural area northwest of the village center of Montgomery, on Longley Bridge Road just west of its junction with Vermont Route 118. It crosses the Trout River in an east-west orientation, resting on abutments of stone and concrete. The bridge consists of flanking Town lattice trusses 84.5 feet (25.8 m) long. The bridge is 19.5 feet (5.9 m) wide, with a roadway width of 16 feet (4.9 m) (one lane). The exterior is finished in vertical board siding, which extends around to the interior of the portals. The siding does not extend the full height on the sides, leaving an open strip below the eaves. The bridge deck consists of wooden planking, and reinforcing stringers have been added to its underside. The bridge has a roof of standing seam metal.[3]

The bridge was built in 1863 by the Jewett brothers, who are credited with the construction of all of Montgomery's surviving covered bridges; it is the oldest of their surviving bridges. The brothers operated a sawmill in Montgomery's West Hill area. They prepared the wood for the bridges at their sawmill. The brothers are credited with building seven area surviving covered bridges, distinctive in Vermont as the highest concentration of bridges in the state with a single attributed builder.[3]

A complete restoration of the bridge was conducted in 1992 by Jan Lewandoski.[4] The bridge is currently leaning to one side and the trusses are bowed in the middle. It has been closed and bypassed by a temporary bridge.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Hill Covered Bridge
  3. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Longley Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-11.  with photos from 1974
  4. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June. New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England, 2004. ISBN 1-58465-320-5