NH’s Covered Bridges
Covered bridges are a huge part of NH’s past. They represent the design, the construction and the vision of engineers who built each of the covered bridges. These wood masterpieces were built by men such as Milton Graton, Stephen Long and James Tasker.
Covered bridges represent a time when people would take romantic strolls along the bridge, fished from the edge of a bridge or enjoyed a horse and buggy ride. W. Edward White showcased the bridges in 1942 with his book called “Covered Bridges in New Hampshire.” The book told the stories of the 54 covered bridges. At one time, there were close to 400 covered bridges in the state and only 54 bridges remain. Some were neglected and just fell apart; others were taken by flooding while others destroyed by fire.
Of the 54 bridges that still stand today, 33 of them are on the National Register of Historic Places, 16 of them are currently eligible and the remaining five need to reach the 50 year mark to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Covered bridges have dwindled down through the years in the United States. At one time, there were more than 10,000 bridges in the United States and only 750 now remain.
List of Covered Bridges in New Hampshire