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Sanderson Covered Bridge (Original)

Brandon, VT
WGN Number: 45-11-02x

Sanderson Covered Bridge
Sanderson Covered Bridge
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

Some Brandon historians believe Nicholas Powers may have built the Sanderson Bridge. The gable treatment, however, is not typical of Powers' known work. Notice the partial cornice returns and the pilaster mouldings.

Covered Bridge author Ed Barna provides some fascinating background information about the Sanderson bridge. Ed notes that the bridge was featured in the July 1974 National Geographic magazine article "Vermont: A State of Mind and Mountains" by Ethel Starbird. In the 1990's, after the bridge was closed, the area was discovered to be "a major achaeological site" when Woodland indian remains were found. Read the full account in Ed's book, Covered Bridges of Vermont. (Barna, E. (1996) Covered Bridges of Vermont. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press.)

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Sanderson Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

Town: Brandon
Location: Pearl Street
Crossing: Otter Creek
Date: c. 1838
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Town lattice
Truss Length: 132 feet
National Register of Historical Places Listing Date: June 13, 1974

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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