Covered bridges are major tourist attractions in the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They were built for the prosaic purpose of protecting their wooden trusswork from decay, but the roof and sides made them look archaic and appealing to the tourists of the twentieth century.
New England Covered Bridges Through Time shows the covered bridges as the early wave of visitors first saw them.
Covered bridges are important symbols of Americana. They still grace the New England landscape, but many have disappeared, and the remaining examples have changed since the 1920s when tourists first became interested in them. This book shows how covered bridges have evolved since becoming popular attractions.
Joseph D. Conwill has visited every historic covered bridge in North America, plus many now gone, since becoming interested in the subject in 1966. He is archivist of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges and editor of its historical quarterly Covered Bridge Topics. He has written three books on covered bridges and many technical articles on bridge framing. He lives in the western mountains of Maine with his wife Nancy.