Quinlan Covered Bridge

What is more fun that coming across a covered bridge on your way to work in the morning on a beautiful day?

This is the Quinlan Covered Bridge off Spear Street in East Charlotte, Chittenden County, Vermont.

It is a Burr truss bridge, ca. 1850. (Covered Bridges Info.) The information below is from the plaque on the bridge.

S of East Charlotte over Lewis Creek, East Charlotte, Vermont USA. “The Quinlan Bridge, circa 1850, is 88 feet long and is of kingpost Burr Arch construction. The builder is unknown. Also called the “lower” bridge, it is downstream on Lewis Creek from the Seguin covered bridge. The Quinlan Bridge spans what was then the 1812 turnpike, part of which is now Spear Street.

The Sherman family owned surrounding land, and in 1830, built a sawmill just up the creek. The building burned down, but the area around the bridge continued to be a center of manufacturing, with a woodworking mill that made sash, doors and blinds, a nail-making shop, and a foundry where plow points, cultivator teeth and other farm implements were cast.

In the 1860s, Winfield J. Scott. a carpenter-joiner. operated a gristmill and butter tub factory nearby. Portions of the old mill dam can still be seen from Lewis Creek Road above the bridge. Later, John Quinlan, an immigrant from Ireland, ran the mill. In recent times, steel I-beams were inserted under the bridge as reinforcement for school buses. – Town of Charlotte”

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