I have been to Swanzey many, many times. It is home to the Cheshire County Fair and  Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters (where I bought my kayak) and plenty of other great places. But one of the things that first enticed me to photograph Swanzey is that it has several covered bridges. I began photographing New Hampshire’s covered bridges in 2011, long before I ever thought of TouringNH. I started photographing them by county and since Cheshire County is right next door (and loaded with covered bridges), I started there. This post will be a combination of old and new photos.

The first covered bridge that I went to is the Cresson/Sawyers Crossing Bridge…

Sept. 2011

Sept. 2011


Nov. 2013

Nov. 2013




The Ashuelot River

The Ashuelot River


Colors of fall

Colors of fall



All that's left of the Sumac trees, winter is on its way

All that’s left of the Sumac trees, winter is on its way. It’s not hard to see why we call this time of year “stick season”


Looking through Cresson Bridge

Looking through Cresson Bridge



The next bridge I visited was the Carlton Bridge…


Nov. 2013

Nov. 2013


Sept. 2011

Sept. 2011




Swanzey isn’t all covered bridges, There are plenty of other sights…


Cheshire County 088


Cheshire County 098




Love the two-tone green

Love the two-tone green


Snow squall coming in over the airport

Snow squall coming in over the airport


The day Martha (check out her awesome blog to see her take on the day) and I went to Swanzey, it started out chilly and overcast, then we ran into sleet, snow squalls and then it cleared up and became partly sunny and by the time we were headed home, it had clouded up again and was down right cold. You gotta love New England weather!


Wilson Pond

Wilson Pond


I love sand and gravel pits

I love sand and gravel pits





The dam at Swanzey Lake

The dam at Swanzey Lake






 Sept. 2011

Sept. 2011


The next bridge we came to was the Slate Bridge. This is the third bridge in this location. The original bridge collapsed in 1842, then in 1993 an arsonist burned the bridge and it was rebuilt in 2001…




Plenty of spider webs

Plenty of spider webs


On the way to the next bridge, I drove past a garage that I just HAD to turn around and go back to. The yard was full of vintage Cadillac’s. ..














I going to have to do a little research and find out who the property owner is and go back and spend an afternoon photographing this trip down memory lane.


The final bridge we came to was the Thompson Bridge…

Sept. 2011

Sept. 2011


Nov. 2013

Nov. 2013







Swanzey is definitely worth the trip, there are so many cool places to visit and you never know what you might come across!

To learn more about Swanzey, visit the town’s website or the state’s website.

As always, your comments are greatly appreciated. See you next week.












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6 Comments on “Swanzey”

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions November 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    I’ve seen a lot of Swanzey but I’ve never seen those Cadillacs! It looks like the one in the second photo has a 57 Chevy hood on it.

    • Touring NH November 12, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      I don’t know enough about cars to be able to tell what kind of hood. All I know is I thought they are very cool and hope to get back there soon!

  2. mariekeates November 13, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I wonder who all those rusty cars belong to? They should start a motor museum 🙂

    • Touring NH November 13, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      I’m looking into that. It looks like maybe the owner restores them.

  3. gallivance.net November 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Laura, Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I had no idea that New Hampshire had so many covered bridges! They’re beautiful. My family is from Indiana where they also have lots of covered bridges, celebrated by a festival every year. Thanks for a great tour! 🙂 All the best, Terri

    • Touring NH November 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

      Thank you Teri. There are a lot of covered bridges in NH, Swanzey just has more than its fair share.

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