Quinlan’s Covered Bridge: 1 of ONLY 3 LEFT in Charlotte, Vermont!

Whilst in Charlotte, Vermont yesterday and driving to my next place to film, this beautiful covered bridge loomed before me.  I knew of its existence and had printed off its history, so I could film it.  What a fun find on my way to another place I had not located!  (That’s a trek for today…)

“Quinlan’s Covered Bridge, also called the Lower Covered Bridge,[2] and Sherman Covered Bridge[3] is a wooden covered bridge that crosses Lewis Creek in Charlotte, Vermont on Monkton Road. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] It is one of nine 19th-century Burr arch covered bridges in the state.

Quinlan’s Covered Bridge is located in a rural area of southeastern Charlotte, at a point where Monkton Road arrives from the south to meet Lewis Creek Road and Spear Street on opposite sides of Lewis Creek. The bridge is a single-span Burr arch truss, 86 feet (26 m) long and 16.5 feet (5.0 m), with a roadway width of 13.5 feet (4.1 m). Each truss has, in addition to diagonal braces and vertical posts, a pair of timber arches bolted to it. It has a gabled roof, and its exterior is clad in vertical board siding, which extends around to the inside of the portals. It rests on stone abutments faced in concrete.[4]

The builder is unknown, but most likely the same builder as the Sequin Covered Bridge upstream. The name “Lower Bridge” was because it is downstream of the Sequin (or “Upper”) bridge. This is common in Vermont where multiple bridges crossed the same body of water in the same town. The name “Quinlan” is attributed the family of the same name that held land in the area. The name “Sherman” comes from the owner of a sawmill that was located adjacent to the bridge site.[3]

In 1949 or 1950 steel beams were installed under the deck to strengthen it.[3] The bridge underwent reconstruction in 2013.”-https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinlan%27s_Covered_Bridge

Quinlan’s Covered Bridge: Charlotte, Vermont in 2021. Note the incredible Burr Arch Truss!

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