Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge

Description

The Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge is located on Old Gilbertville Road and Bridge Street between Ware and Hardwick, Massachusetts. The bridge is 139 feet long and spans the Ware River. It’s one of only a few 19th-century covered bridges still standing in the state of Massachusetts. The bridge was completed in 1886, and it was significantly repaired in 1986–1987. In 2002, the state ordered the bridge be closed because it was not strong enough to hold the automotive traffic. According to MassDOT, the bridge reopened in October 2010 and no longer has a weight limit. In 1986, the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Covered Bridge Specs

  • Constructed: 1886 (rehabilitated 1987)
  • Design/Style: Covered Town Lattice Through truss
  • Total length: 139 feet
  • Total width: 20 feet
  • Carries: Bridge Street
  • Crosses: Ware River
  • Usage: Open to vehicles
  • World Guide Number: 21-08-04
  • NRHP: 86001006

Location

  • Address: Bridge Street
  • Town: Hardwick
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: Lat 42.31015 Lng -72.21212
  • Parking notes: There is no parking area or spots for visitors of the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge. If you want to enjoy the bridge, it is best to park at the Gilbertville Library and take a short walk (0.15 miles) to the bridge.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE

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