Henniker / New England College Covered Bridge

This bridge is a bit different.  First of all, it is on a college campus joining the main campus to some athletic fields.  It was never meant for vehicular traffic.  Students walk across it and the odd maintenance vehicle will drive over it. 

A view from a walking path along the river.

Second, it was first built in 1972, but is listed by the state as a historic bridge. When Milton Graton and his son Arnold built it, they used traditional methods. For example, the framed trusses were pulled across the river by a team of oxen rather than cranes or tractors. 

The Gratons used wooden pegs rather than steel bolts.

The Henniker Bridge was designed to replicate the traditional style of covered bridges.  In 2022, it will be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge framed by the arch of the stone bridge in the town center.
Oh, those crazy college kids. Bridge jumping must be a rite of passage.
An interior view. The bridge cost $80,000 to build in 1972.

36 thoughts on “Henniker / New England College Covered Bridge

  1. Nancy

    Beautiful covered bridge. It’s not that old but it was made in It’s traditional ways. Thanks for all the pictures on this fine beautiful Sunday morning! Enjoy your day Chris!

  2. Sandra

    I love that they all have their own story to tell. I like the signage too. No jumping. Hang in there. We got this, together! Nice images Chris! I hope you’re having a great day. Heading into a busy week so I’m taking it slow today. Take care.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. I have a friend in Barcelona. I envy her Roman aqueducts and medieval bridges and she envies our wooden covered bridges. It’s all a matter of perspective, I guess.

  3. Sarah

    Love these interior views of these covered bridges! 😍 That’s amazing that they built it like this! They’re doing stuff like that here too – like rebuilding a medieval castle only with methods they used back then. It will take decades to get finished but what a project! Also grants us wonderful historic insights. 😊

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    When one of our covered bridges in Rockingham, VT, was destroyed when an overloaded truck attempted to pass over it, we replaced it with a new covered bridge built in 1982 with traditional methods as well, including the moving of it into place with a team of oxen. It was a site to behold, a soft-spoken, tiny, 13-year-old girl leading her team of oxen to deliver and place the bridge exactly perfectly! Will never forget this!


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