Only a half hour drive to the east, you’ll find Lyndon, Vermont and its welcome sign that reads: Welcome to Lyndon, The Covered Bridge Capital of the Northeast Kingdom. With five bridges in close proximity, Lyndon has been revitalizing the old structures for their scenic beauty, their utility, and their history rooted deep in the heritage of the state, not to mention their unique architecture and design. Overall, it’s another way to truly get to know the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont’s heritage as a whole, and that’s what traveling is all about.
The Chamberlain, Millers Run, Randall, Sanborn, and School House covered bridges are all unique and recognizable for their wide, flaring roofs that extend over the eaves and gable ends of each. It’s the overhang that does most of the work in protecting these wooden bridges from Vermont weather. Besides crossing streams and rivers, these sanctuaries provided protection to travelers, horses, or carts carrying a load of hay from the elements such as rainstorms. They also provided a secluded and private moment for couples walking along the road to steal a kiss, earning them the moniker, “kissing bridges.”
For covered bridge enthusiasts and hunters, hopeless romantics, or history buffs, Lyndon is your next stop (after check-in at Highland Lodge, of course!). Admire the preservation and restoration efforts of the many involved in the five covered bridges around Lyndon, as well as the landscaping and additions that make the covered bridges a scenic attraction where Vermont views can be admired and a brief respite taken at a tranquil picnic bench (the School House covered bridge at the junction of US Route 5 and South Wheelock Road has a great one, if the temperature is nice). At the Chamberlain Mill Bridge you’ll find some truly aged construction in the original mill foundation built in 1790.
Take a romantic drive through Vermont’s scenic countryside around Lyndon and plan to stop when you stumble upon each of the five covered bridges. They won’t be here forever but they are appreciated and photographed by those that recognize their value as part of Vermont’s heritage.