Bradford, New Hampshire

The Bement Covered Bridge in Braford, New Hampshire stands as a testament to both historic bridge craftsmanship and the enduring charm of covered bridges.

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Nestled in the picturesque town of Bradford, New Hampshire, the Bement Covered Bridge stands as a testament to both historic bridge craftsmanship and the enduring charm of covered bridges.

With its classic Long truss design, the Bement Covered Bridge beckons travelers to cross its weathered planks. Measuring 63 feet in roadway length, 71 feet 2 inches in roof length, and 19 feet 2.5 inches in roadway width, it accommodates a single lane of traffic, making it essential for drivers to ensure the way is clear before embarking on its charming journey.

Supported by concrete-topped stone abutments partially faced with rustic stones, the bridge's exterior exudes timeless appeal. Its gabled roof and vertical board siding on the sidewalls evoke a sense of history, while wooden clapboards grace the gable ends above the doorways.

The Bement Covered Bridge holds a special place in Bradford's history as the third bridge to grace this location. Its predecessors met their fate at the hands of the mighty Warner River, which has shaped the area's history. Completed in 1854, the bridge was fittingly named after Samuel Bement, a local resident whose home was recorded in municipal records as being near the site of the second (1818) bridge.

Throughout its history, the Bement Covered Bridge has undergone several restorations, a testament to the community's commitment to preserving its heritage. The most recent of these restorations took place in 1947 and again in 1968-69.

In recognition of its historical significance and timeless beauty, the Bement Covered Bridge achieved a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976, under reference number 76000128. This prestigious honor underscores the bridge's role as a cherished historical treasure, not only for Bradford but for all who appreciate the enduring allure of covered bridges.

Visitors to the bridge are welcomed to park at a dedicated parking area conveniently located just off NH-103 in front of the northern entrance of the bridge. Here, they can embark on a journey back in time, crossing the Bement Covered Bridge and immersing themselves in the rich history and natural beauty of Bradford, New Hampshire.

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Center Road, Bradford, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
43.264061, -71.953210
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Parking Notes:
There is a small parking lot located just off NH-103 in front of the Bement Covered Bridge on Center Road. About 3 cars can fit in the lot and parking is free.


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