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8. Cross An Authentic Covered Bridge built in 1842

Entering Kent you will pass Bull's Bridge whose roots date to the Revolution. This is one of two covered bridges in CT open to auto traffic. The bridge you see today was rebuilt in 1842 using the town and queen truss design. Over the years, one bridge replaced another as each was washed away by high water and ice.

During the Revolutionary War, Kent was known for its' strategic importance and for supplying the Continental Army with iron ore, goods and soldiers. Local history has documented that George Washington had an accident at Bull's Bridge in 1781. What happened has never been told in detail, but one thing is clear; one of his horses, perhaps his own mount, fell in the raging Housatonic River. One exciting bit of confirmation regarding this incident appears in George Washington's own expense account for March 3, 1781. The first travel expense of the day noted: getting a horse out of Bull's Bridge Falls, $215.00. The amount spent to resolve this incident indicates that it involved quite a rescue operation. It must have taken time and the General was on his way to make plans with the French for naval support of New York against the British. Any ordinary horse might have been allowed to stay in the river. So, it might be assumed that this was no ordinary horse, and perhaps it was Washington's own mount. Today, we can only wonder.