Bath-Haverhill Bridge – Bath and Haverhill, NH

This bridge also has a hydroelectric dam next to it.

According to records, this is the oldest covered bridge still in use in New Hampshire. Constructed in 1829, it is the first and only bridge to be erected at this site.

This is the only bridge I’ve seen with a capacity limit for the number of people.  The bridge is closed to traffic and the sign made me wonder if functions are ever held here. 

In the 1920s, laminated wooden arches a sidewalk were added.  The bridge was repaired in 1973 at a cost of $38,710.  Eight years later, further repairs ($8,000) were needed to correct ice damage. 

In 1983, someone unsuccessfully tried to set fire to it.  That makes this the third bridge I’ve photographed that someone has tied to burn down.   What’s up with that?

Th bridge was funded in 1827 but not completed until 1829.

Nature is fickle. When I was at the other end of town, I had gorgeous clear skies.  By the time I reached this bridge it was overcast and a fog was beginning to form. 

23 thoughts on “Bath-Haverhill Bridge – Bath and Haverhill, NH

  1. China Dream

    LOL hope t hat was an ok fickle.. you must be used to it by now.. its when I go… oh dear, and look for what Mother Nature wanted me to see… Not what I was intent on. waves an nergetic hello..

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  2. Sabiscuit

    I enjoyed this photo essay. I like small bridges and I like the idea of bridge functions. There is short, unused pier in the bay area of my city and they had wine tastings and small seminars on it when the weather was good in the summer. We used to have dry summers … but not anymore.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you so much. I think this would be a great place for a wedding reception or other gathering. I like the idea of a wine tasting in such a location, or perhaps a weekend art show.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Hmmm – I looked it up. It’s 256 feet long. If you space people out every six feet, that’s 42 people. The roadway is only 14 feet across, so you could only have two columns of people on the road. Maybe you could get a third on the sidewalk. So the max would be 126 socially distanced people.

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  3. sloppy buddhist

    Literally “burn your bridges” maybe they had used in order to cut off the possibility of retreat…I’ve not seen these bridges here…but I’ll keep an eye out now…hoping your week has treated you well Chris ~ smiles hedy ☺️💫🤗

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  4. Sandra

    Oldest covered bridge still in use and party destination it sounds like! No more than 200 guests though. I like the bridge on the pedestrian walkway. Beautiful shots Chris!

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