New Hampshire is famous for its covered bridges and Jackson’s own Covered Bridge is less than a mile from Nordic Village Resort. The historic Honeymoon Bridge is located in the town of Jackson in Jackson Village. It carries Village Road over the Ellis River. The bridge was built in 1876 by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. The covered portion of the bridge is 121′-1″ long and the clear span of 103′-0″ between abutments. The bridge width is 26′-5″, the roadway width is 16′-0″. The vertical clearance is 12′-3″. The truss is a Paddleford with added Arches.
According to town records, the sidewalk was added in 1930. Originally, the trusses were more exposed than they are today. In 1965 the approach from N.H. Route 16 was rebuilt to improve visibility and to provide parking.
This covered bridge was built by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. Charles Broughton lived on the Broughton dairy farm on the east side of the Saco River. During the Civil War he was a sergeant in the 18th Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers, Company E. He was a finish carpenter, an avid fiddler, and a skillful bear hunter. For ten years he was an agent for the Swift River Lumber Company in Albany, New Hampshire.
Enjoy a link to our past by traveling over New Hampshire’s famous covered bridges! Visit the following links where you can learn more about this important part of our past.
Here are a few covered bridges that are only a short drive from Nordic Village Resort.
Albany, New Hampshire
Location: Just north of the Kancamagus Highway, six miles west of N.H. Route 16 on Dugway Road in Albany spanning the Swift River.
Bartlett, New Hampshire
Location: West of U.S. Route 302, four and one-half miles east of Bartlett Village over the Saco River.
SACO RIVER BRIDGE
Conway, New Hampshire
Location: One-quarter mile north of N.H. Route 16 on N.H. Route 153 in Conway Village. The bridge spans the Saco River.
SWIFT RIVER BRIDGE
Conway, New Hampshire
Location: One-half mile north of N.H. Route 16 at Conway Village over the Swift River.
WHITTIER BRIDGE – (This one is a bit further away, 40 miles)
Ossipee, New Hampshire
Location: West of N.H. Route 16 at West Ossipee Village on old N.H. Route 125 over the Bearcamp River.