West Cornwall Covered Bridge

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West Cornwall Covered Bridge
West Cornwall Covered Bridge, spanning the Housatonic River

41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444Coordinates: 41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444

Bridge site in U.S. state of Connecticut
West Cornwall Covered Bridge is located in Connecticut
West Cornwall Covered Bridge
Coordinates 41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 75001923[1]
Added to NRHP December 30, 1975
Carries Sharon-Goshen Turnpike (Connecticut Route 128)
Crosses Housatonic River
Locale Cornwall, Connecticut
Official name Hart Bridge
Design Town lattice truss bridge
Material wood
Total length 242.1 feet (73.8 m)[2]
Width 15 feet (4.6 m)
Number of spans 2
Piers in water 1
Opened 1841[2]

The West Cornwall Covered Bridge (also known as Hart Bridge[3]) is a wooden covered lattice truss bridge carrying the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike over the Housatonic River in the town of Cornwall, Connecticut. It is estimated to have been built around 1864.


The covered bridge is 172 feet (52 m) long, 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and supports one lane of vehicle traffic for the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike (Connecticut Route 128).[4] The bridge is built of red spruce timbers secured with treenails (wooden pegs). In 1973 the roadway was reinforced with the addition of a concealed steel deck.[5]


The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1] Extensive repair was done to the floor of the bridge during the mid-1940s when a tanker truck carrying tar plunged through the flooring.

The bridge appeared in the opening scenes of the movie, Valley of the Dolls a 1967 American drama film based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Jacqueline Susann.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Hart Bridge at Structurae
  3. ^ Pease, John Chauncey, and John Milton Niles. A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials. Hartford: William S. Marsh, 1819. eBook. <http://books.google.com/books?id=yiUnAAAAMAAJ&dq=hart%20bridge%20cornwall&pg=PA244
  4. ^ Cornwall Historical Society. “The Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, Connecticut.” Accessed July 29, 2008.
  5. ^ Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, CT. “West Cornwall Bridge.” Accessed July 29, 2008.