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Trip # 1

65 - 75 Mile Tour

 
  TRIP ONE: 65-75 MILES

This trip takes you south to Windsor, Vermont, across the Connecticut River to Cornish, New Hampshire over the longest covered bridge in America, then back to Woodstock.

Drive south from Woodstock on Rt. 106, past the Woodstock Country Club and Ski Touring Center, to lovely South Woodstock, some five miles down the road and a National Historic District. Notable are the early 19th century native brick homes, the Kedron Valley Inn, the Kedron Valley Stables, and the Green Mountain Horse Association.

Ten miles further down Rt. 106, a left turn onto Rt. 44 leads you past the Eastern magnesium Talc Co. plant, which supplies talcum powder for many a baby's bottom. The tiny Best's Covered Bridge comes up on the right and after another mile or so; a left turn quickly brings you to another covered bridge. Back on Rt. 44 you continue on to the village of Brownsville, at the foot of Mt Ascutney. Past the village some three miles the right fork of the road leads to the Forest Ranger's cottage, from which a road leads up Mt. Ascutney to within 500 feet of the summit. There's a nice view from this area, or an even nicer one if you hike on to the summit.

Back at the bottom, turn right and continue until reaching Rt. 5, then turn left and drive to Windsor, birthplace of the State of Vermont in 1777. The eminent architect, Asher Benjamin worked here in the early 19th century. His Old South Church remains and his influence can be seen in St Paul's Church and a Gothic revival house on the Green. Also in Windsor: the oldest state penitentiary in the US (now a housing complex), the restored Windsor House, the Vermont State Crafts Center and the American Precision Museum which commemorates the so-called American System which was developed here and allowed for interchangeability of parts, the first step towards mass production. The old railroad station is now the Windsor Station Restaurant.

From Windsor take the longest covered bridge in America across the Connecticut River to Cornish, New Hampshire. Built in 1866, the bridge is 460 feet in length and was recently reinforced and restored. A mile or so to the left up Rt. 12A is the entrance to Saint-Gaudens National Park Historic site.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) was America's foremost sculptor in the 19th century, known especially for his monumental Civil War sculptures and his portrait reliefs. His home, a former tavern, his studio containing plaster casts and many originals of his work, and his beautiful gardens, all are maintained as a National Museum.

Back across the river to Windsor, a right turn takes you back to Woodstock via Rt. 5, Rt. 12 and Rt. 4. Keep an eye out for the covered bridge at Taftsville on Rt. 4. You might also enjoy going over the Taftsville Bridge and taking a left, following the signs to Sugarbush Farm for a look at the ample sugar house and cheese packing area. To return to Woodstock, you can either go back the way you came, over the covered bridge, or you can take a right and follow the River Road back into town.