Photo from the Road: Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

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Photo from the Road: Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge spans the Connecticut River between the towns of Windsor, VT and Cornish, New Hampshire. It was the longest covered bridge in the United States until the Smolen–Gulf Bridge opened in Ohio in 2008. Cornish-Windsor is still the longest covered bridge to carry automobile traffic.

The bridge was built in 1866 at an original cost of $9,000. In 1989 it was reconstructed by the state of New Hampshire at a cost of $4 ½ million. There were three bridges previously built on this site in 1796, 1824 and 1828, but were all destroyed by floods. Although Pennsylvania is the state with the most covered bridges (200), Vermont and New Hampshire have the most per square mile of anywhere in the world.

The Cornish-Windsor Bridge is located about 20 miles south of Lebanon, NH and White River Junction, VT. Located close by is the Saint-Gaudins National Historic Site, an interesting stop in the scenic Connecticut River Valley.

Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge from NH side

Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge sign

Welcome to New Hampshire

The Connecticut River

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 15 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Google +, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. i drive along this bridge every year on my way to a ski weekend in meriden, new hampshire! it’s beautiful, and your photos definitely do it justice. having grown up in pennsylvania, we’re pretty big fans of covered bridges. xo!

  2. Juno says:

    I believe we drove near this bridge a couple of times, I remember the welcome to NH sign. Very ‘New English’ post. Love the photo on the top. Ah, covered bridge!!

  3. […] Valley seemed to be filled with off-the-beaten path interesting sites. I already wrote about the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, and visiting the Harpoon Brewery over in Windsor, known as the birthplace of Vermont, where their […]

  4. […] At the first mention of Harpoon, I thought “oh, they’re too big for my micro-brew tour.” But my friend George insisted that I give them a try, and I’m certainly glad I did. Although their bigger main brewery is in Boston, this second brewery location was set up in Windsor, VT, just across from New Hampshire on the famous Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge. […]

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