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Slaughter House Covered Bridge

Northfield, VT
WGN Number: 45-12-09

Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

One of the best examples of masonary laid dry can be found in the abutments supporting the Slaughter House Bridge over the Dog River.

The Covered Spans of Yesteryear website provides these historical notes: "In 1978 it was painted barn red inside and out. Circa 2002 some roof boards were replaced and a standing-seam steel roof was installed. It is unique in Northfield, Vermont in that it alone has rounded portals."

Ed Barna notes that "the bridge's name...came from a slaughterhouse that was once in the vacinity". (Barna, E. (1996) Covered Bridges of Vermont. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press pg.176)

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

Slaughter House Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

Town: Northfield
Location: Slaughterhouse Road
Crossing: Dog River
Date: c. 1872
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Queenpost
Truss Length: 60 feet
National Register of Historical Places Listing Date: June 13, 1974

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 - 2009 unless otherwise specified.

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