07.02.16 Robbins Nest Covered Bridge and Ladder 1 Grill in Barre, Vermont

things you want to do go do themSaturday, July 2, 2016  – We don’t have covered bridges in Louisiana that I know of so seeing them up here in New England is a special treat.  I looked up some information about them and specifically the one we saw this week.

A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. Bridges having covers for reasons other than protecting wood trusses, such as for protecting pedestrians and keeping horses from shying away from water, are also sometimes called covered bridges.

The Robbins Nest Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that crosses the Jail Branch of the Winooski River off US Route 302 in Barre, Vermont. Even though not historic, the bridge was built as a replica to one that stood just downstream and was swept away in the Vermont Flood of 1927, and is of authentic design and construction. It is on private property and in 1990 the owners installed steel beams to reinforce the deck.

The first photo is of the river flowing underneath the bridge.

20160629_122805 The rest are from outside and within the bridge.  It may be on private property but I wanted photos so I got them!!


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I love the plaque inside that shows the various fees for crossing the bridge.  It says at the bottom that church goers could cross Free!

20160629_122828We enjoyed delicious Lobster Salad Rolls and French Fries at Ladder 1 Grill.  Had to have lobster one last time while we’re still in lobster land!   Ladder 1 Grill is an old firehouse restored as a restaurant.  Very cool memorabilia and other decorations and the food and service was great.

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This wrapped up a very full day of exploring the Barre, Vermont area!  By the time I write about the next days adventures we’ll be on our way out of Vermont headed to upstate New York for a week.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!



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