Bartlett Bridge – Bartlett, NH

This bridge is unique because it houses a gift shop.  The gift shop is basically a free-standing structure built inside of the bridge.  There is also a bed-and-breakfast on the property for the true covered bridge aficionado.

The bridge was constructed in 1851.  There was not much more on it’s history until 1939 when a modern bridge was built bypassing this bridge and causing it to be closed.  The state history on covered bridges says that it was rebuilt but then was only used to store snow fences. 

The bridge and adjoining land were sold in 1966.  The new owner had the bridge repaired and then built the gift shop inside of it.

The current owners are Marc and Mary Ellen Frydman.  They renovated the bridge in 1990.  This included removing some of the decking because if you’re not going to drive cars over it, then the bridge doesn’t need the same level of construction.

33 thoughts on “Bartlett Bridge – Bartlett, NH

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Yes, it’s nice to see these bridges maintained even after they are no longer used to carry traffic. Photographing the covered bridges as been a good photography project this summer.

  1. Sandra

    Such a lively bridge! Nice to think of it as a well loved bridge. Hard to be lonely with all those visitors shopping and staying overnight for breakfast. Beautiful shots too Chris! Thank you for this fun picture story. Have a great Friday!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. When I read about this bridge, I wasn’t sure how I felt about a bridge being a gift shop but it is well done from what I can see and is really pretty. Happy Friday!

      1. Sandra

        Yes, I know what you mean. I wasn’t sure either when I read your narrative but your pictures show it’s an interesting place. And I like the idea of it being busy with people about rather than empty and alone. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        The weekend is going great. I just returned from a bridge photo shoot followed by a foliage bike ride on a railtrail in the mountains. How’s your weekend coming along?

      3. Sandra

        It was a great weekend Chris! We went for a long walk ate ice cream and did a bunch of chores around the house. I hope you’re doing well!

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