Vermont fall foliage and historic covered bridges-- it's the stuff postcards and calendars are made of. What better theme to tour the North Country. In fact, it was such a good idea, we weren't alone. At our first stop in Fairfax, we bumped into the Wallaces from Toronto. They are spending a month touring New England's fall foliage and covered bridges.
Our first covered bridge of the day is in Fairfax, spanning the Mill Brook on Maple Street. Like most of our covered bridges, it was built in the 1800s.
Covered bridges litter the countryside, from Jefferson to Montgomery. They were built to protect the trusses of the bridge from the elements, not to provide shelter for the horse and buggies that rode across. That being said, they did provide shelter from prying eyes and were also known as "kissing bridges" because you could sneak a kiss from your girl while you were crossing.
Along Route 109 and 118 there are scenic vistas, bright pops of color and signs of the changing seasons everywhere you look.
You'll pass by seven more covered bridges before you reach Montgomery. Montgomery is the covered bridge capital of Vermont, with more covered bridges than any other town. And those six bridges do draw the visitors. Lois Lumbra sees them out the window of the Montgomery Post Office where she has worked for 22 years. She has a view of the Fuller Bridge.
Fall foliage and covered bridges-- both icons of Vermont.
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