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The Williamsville Covered Bridge
Newfane, VT
WGN Number: 45-13-05
Williamsville Covered Bridge
Williamsville Covered Bridge
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

The Williamsville Bridge is the last of the seven covered bridges that once graced Newfane's countryside. Historian Victor Morse wrote that the portals were painted white as a night-time aid to automobile lights.

Our thanks to the Town of Newfane for allowing the posting of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society Welcome patch. For more information about the Newfane area visit their website at

Williamsville Covered Bridge
Williamsville Covered Bridge Vital Statistics
Town: Newfane
Location: Dover Road
Crossing: Rock River
Date: c. 1870
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Plank-lattice
Truss Length: 115 feet 6 inches
Williamsville Covered Bridge Update

Thought to have been built circa 1860, and years of reconstruction since, state bridge inspectors determined that the Williamsville Covered Bridge should no longer be asked to support emergency vehicles.

After years of discussion as to whether to replace the bridge with a modern concrete and steel span, or reconstruct the ancient bridge again, the town accepted the state’s proposal to replace it with a replica capable of carrying modern traffic.

Construction of the new bridge began in late November 2009. The old bridge was taken down in July, 2010, and the new bridge placed over the river on August 2, 2010.

The new Williamsville Covered Bridge
The new Williamsville Covered Bridge
Aligning the scaffolding
Photo by Gunther Garbe
Credits: All pictures, information and descriptions are taken from Spanning Time Vermont's Covered Bridges by Joseph C. Nelson ©1997 and the World Guide to Covered Bridges - 1989
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Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267 This file posted 09/23/2014

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