Help Save the Sanborn Bridge

Did you know?

The Sanborn covered bridge in Lyndonville, Vermont, is a prime example of the Paddleford truss developed by Peter Paddleford of Littleton, New Hampshire.


Why is the bridge closed?

Flood damage has caused lower and upper chords on the downstream side to fail. This caused the bridge to sag more than two feet. It was closed for fear that it could collapse. 


What is being done to save it? 

The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges (NSPCB) and Vermont Covered Bridge Society have joined forces to see that the bridge is restored. 

So far, we have:

  • Contributed the labor and funds necessary to build a stone island and wood cribbing under the broken timbers minimizing the immediate danger of collapse. 

  • Met with local officials to gain their support. 

  • Begun community fundraising efforts. 

What still needs to be done? 

  • Immediate repairs need to be made so that the bridge can stand on its own.

  • Once able to support itself, the bridge needs to be removed from the river and placed on dry land.

  • Complete the restoration project.

  • Replace the bridge over the Passumpsic River. 

How can you help?

To restore the Sanborn Covered Bridge so that visitors could once again walk or drive across it could cost about $1.2 million.  Donations of labor and materials would reduce that amount. 


Donate on-line using PayPal.
All donations are tax deductible.

Donate to the project by sending a check payable to NSPCB to: 

Michelle Andrews, NSPCB Treasurer
9 Damson Lane, 
Gilford, NH 03249-7857

Indicate that the check is for the Sanborn Bridge.

For more information

Visit the 
National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges website at

or the Vermont Covered Bridge Society website at

or the NSPCB Facebook page at

Photos courtesy Joseph Nelson and The Caledonian-Record