The Hancock-Greenfield Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge located on the town line between Hancock and Greenfield, New Hampshire.
Charles Gray of Hancock built the first Long truss covered bridge in 1852. The bridge was destroyed beyond repair by a devastating flood in March 1936. The current bridge was planned by Henry Pratt of Antrim and built by the Hagan-Thibodeau Construction Company of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire as a Federal Emergency Relief Administration project.
The new bridge was completed in 1937. Its structure was built on concrete abutments and reinforced with steel TECO timber connectors, bolts, and gusset plates. The TECO connectors increased strength to the timber joints, allowing the bridge to be rated for a twenty-ton carrying capacity. The bridge’s construction required three tons of steel. It was the northeastern United States’ first wooden covered bridge to apply modern engineering principles (in this case, a Teco–Pratt truss). In September 1981, at a cost of $77,000, asphalt shingles were replaced with hardwood shingles.
The Hancock-Greenfield Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. If you are looking to walk across the bridge or take photos of it, there is plenty of parking at the nearby Powdermill Pond Parking Lot just off Forest Road.
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Covered Bridge Specs
- Constructed: 1937
- Design/Style: Pratt truss (modified)
- Total length: 87 feet
- Total width: 27 feet
- Carries: Forest Road
- Crosses: Contoocook River
- Maintained by: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
- Usage: Open to vehicles
- World Guide Number: 29-06-02
- NRHP: 81000071
- Address: Forest Road
- Town: Hancock and Greenfield
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: Lat 42.95674 Lng -71.93484
- Parking notes: There is a large dirt parking lot located right near the covered bridge off Forest Road. The parking lot primarily serves visitors for Powder Mill Pond, but it is great for covered bridge visitors too! Parking is free. Additionally, you can park along Forest Road.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE