Post Office Puts Local Covered Bridge in Arlington VT on a Stamp
The United States Postal Service has issued a stamp celebrating the Arlington Green Bridge which is just over the border in Bennington County, Vermont. The bridge was built in 1852 and is located just off of Vermont Route 313. With this stamp, the USPS has chosen one of the most photographed covered bridges in Vermont!
We are incredibly lucky to be close to Vermont, and some of our listeners are lucky enough to live there! Covered bridges are among the many wonderful things Vermont has to offer.
The Arlington Green Bridge crosses the Batten Kill (sometimes spelled Battenkill) and on the east bank there is a parking area that is usually full in the summer with people heading into the river to go tubing and paddling. The parking area belongs to the Grange Hall and is permitted for public use except for when there are church services in session.
The bridge is named the ‘green’ bridge not because of it’s color but because it leads to what was once the village green. Just across the bridge is ‘The Inn on Covered Bridge Green” which also happens to be one of the homes that poet Robert Frost resided in. The bridge is over 80 feet long but only wide enough for one car at a time.
The bridge also still bears a hand painted sign with a warning to not damage the bridge, nor jump from it. Clearly Mother Nature can’t read; in August of 2011 the bridge suffered damage during Hurricane Irene and was closed for an extended amount of time but has since been repaired and reopened.
This stamp is a slightly higher price point as it’s intended for Priority Mail. The artwork is ‘digital stamp art’ and is quite colorful. If you collect stamps or perhaps want a unique Vermont souvenir of sorts, you can obtain the stamp from your local post office or by visiting the USPS site.