Mill Covered Bridge (Tunbridge, Vermont)

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Mill Covered Bridge
Mill Covered Bridge (Tunbridge, Vermont) is located in Vermont
Mill Covered Bridge (Tunbridge, Vermont)
Mill Covered Bridge (Tunbridge, Vermont) is located in the United States
Mill Covered Bridge (Tunbridge, Vermont)
LocationW of VT 110, over First Branch White River, Tunbridge, Vermont
Coordinates43°53′29″N 72°29′31″W / 43.89139°N 72.49194°W / 43.89139; -72.49194Coordinates: 43°53′29″N 72°29′31″W / 43.89139°N 72.49194°W / 43.89139; -72.49194
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1883 (1883)
Architectural stylemultiple Kingpost truss
Part ofHayward and Kibby Mill (#92000094)
NRHP reference #74000243[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 30, 1974
Designated CPMarch 12, 1992

The Mill Covered Bridge is a replica historic covered bridge carrying Spring Road across the First Branch White River in Tunbridge, Vermont. It was built in 2000, nearly replicating a previous structure built on the site in 1883 and lost due to ice damage. It is one of a high concentration of covered bridges in Tunbridge and Chelsea. The 1883 bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Mill Covered Bridge is located on the north side of Tunbridge village, where it carries Spring Road across the First Branch White River, west of Vermont Route 110. It is located among the buildings of the former Hayward and Kibby Mill, a 19th-century mill complex. It is a single-span structure, with multiple kingpost trusses resting on abutments of stone and concrete. It is 72.5 feet (22.1 m) long and has a total width of 19 feet (5.8 m) and a roadway width of 15.5 feet (4.7 m) (one lane). The trusses are reinforced by wrought iron rods, which provide lateral bracing often provided by wooden members in other bridges. The exterior consists of a metal roof and vertical board siding, the latter extending around the portals and a short way into the interior. The floor consists of planking laid parallel to the trusses on supporting stringers.[2]

The historic bridge was built about 1883 by Arthur G. Adams, a local carpenter credited with construction of a number of Tunbridge's five surviving covered bridges.[3] These bridges, along with another in nearby Chelsea, form a remarkable concentration of 19th-century covered bridges in the state.[2] This bridge was severely damaged by ice floes in March 1999 and subsequently demolished.[3] A substantially similar bridge was completed on the site the following year.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Howe Covered Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-08-31. with photos from 1974
  3. ^ a b "Tunbridge's Mill Bridge Lost to River Ice". Vermont Bridges. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ "Tunbridge Celebrates Mill Bridge Opening". Vermont Bridges. Retrieved 2016-08-31.