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4. West Cornwall's 1837 Classic Covered Bridge

At the junction of Rte. 4, Rte. 43 and Rte. 128, take Rte. 128 west to the storybook village of West Cornwall. Here you will find one of two covered bridges in Connecticut still open to automobile traffic. The renowned architect and bridge engineer Ithiel Town built the West Cornwall Covered Bridge in 1837 of native oak. The structure of the bridge uses town and queen trusses and is 242 feet long. As in days gone by, this bridge still links the towns of Sharon and Cornwall that share the Housatonic River as their common boundary.

Fly-fishing on this section of the Housatonic River has always been popular and now several experienced guide services offer day and weekend trips and instructions.

West Cornwall has several exceptional craft shops including The Wish House a colorful gallery of inspiring crafts and artwork and Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store that features specially selected works of art and crafts in various media, including pottery handcrafted by Todd Piker, at Cornwall Bridge Pottery. For a side trip to the pottery, where you will see a 35-foot long wood fired kiln and a showroom chock full of pottery, take Rte. 128 to Rte. 7 south for 5 miles. Along the way, you will pass Clarke Outdoors that offers canoe, kayak and rafting guide services and instruction as well rentals.