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Bridge at the Green

Arlington, VT
WGN Number: 45-02-01

Bridge at the Green
Bridge at the Green
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

Postcards and calendars have made the Bridge at the Green perhaps the best known covered bridge in Vermont. There is a great swimming hole here, and the base of the abutment provides a popular jumping-in place. Notice the cables, installed for lateral bracing.

The Covered Spans of Yesteryear website provides a nice history of the bridge:

"This bridge sits at the entrance to the homestead of Norman Rockwell. It was blown off its abutments and toppled into the Batten Kill when it was still the "New Bridge." Being too heavy to be lifted back it was taken apart and rebuilt, then tied to the banks by iron rods."

"The roof was replaced in 1974 at a cost of $1,267.50. In 1979, at a cost of $74,920.50, the structure had major repairs done including jacking and shoring of the superstructure, adding floor beams, replacing the floor, repairing the abutments and the lower chord, and the repair or replacement of some truss members."

"In 1987 stabilizing guy wires were added. In 1992, at a cost of $1,700.00, some siding boards were replaced and it was repainted barn red."

"The decking, some knee braces, damaged gable siding and some truss members were repaired in October 1994. At the same time a new standing seam steel roof was installed at a cost of $60,430.00."

Our thanks to the Town of Arlington for allowing the posting of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society Welcome patch. For more information about the Arlington area visit their website at

When in the Bennington area stop by The Bennington Center For The Arts and visit the Covered Bridge Museum. For more information about The Bennington Center For The Arts visit their website at The Bennington Center For The Arts.

Bridge at the Green Vital Statistics

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Town: Arlington
Location: Covered Bridge Road
Crossing: Batten Kill
Date: 1852
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Town lattice
Truss Length: 80 feet
Other Names: Arlington Green
National Register of Historical Places Listing Date: August 28, 1973
Date Rehabilitated: 1978-80/1994
Renovation Contractor: Unknown

Credits: All pictures, information and descriptions are taken from Spanning Time Vermont's Covered Bridges by Joseph C. Nelson ©1997 and the World Guide to Covered Bridges - 2009 unless otherwise specified.

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