#AtoZChallenge | V is for Views of the Artist’s Bridge in Newry Maine

Covered bridges bring up feelings of nostalgia as your mind wanders back to an earlier time. They are the poster child for idyllic countryside drives and simpler times. Maine has nine covered bridges remaining according to the Maine Department of Transportation site on historic covered bridges.

Covered bridges at the center of a snow-covered scene are a quintessential New England image. While covered bridges are not specifically a winter thing, they do look even more lovely painted in white.

The Sunday River Bridge earned a reputation as being the most photographed and painted of the covered bridges in Maine and is known locally as the Artist’s Bridge. It’s easy to find as it’s located just off the side of the road not far from the Sunday River ski resort. There are signs posted pointing you in the right direction.

How much fun must of it have been for artists to setup their easels and paint this pretty  scene.  The most famous painter to frequent the area was John Enneking and you can find out more about him and his association with the bridge in this article from the Bethel Journals.

Covered bridges have a magical allure to them even though most have long since been retired from actual use.

Do you have any covered bridges in your area?


I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.

Artist’s Bridge. (2016, August 31). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/artists-bridge

Bennett, D. G. (1979, August 14). John Joseph Enneking. Retrieved April 22, 2018, from http://www.thebetheljournals.info/Names/Enneking.htm

things to know
Place Artist’s Bridge
Address Sunday River, Newry, ME 04261
Winter Scene Snow Covered Bridge
Favorite ♥ View into the Past

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26 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge | V is for Views of the Artist’s Bridge in Newry Maine

  1. Deborah Weber says:

    What a fabulous bridge! And while it truly is lovely in its snow-covered setting, I can also imagine it sitting amidst wildflowers and pretty Spring skies. And that would make it much nicer to set up one’s easel as well. 🙂

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  2. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy says:

    We have a fake one on a bike path near our house. So that’s sort of one.

    Where I used to live in Indiana, there were TONS of covered bridges (some of which you could still drive over). There was even a Covered Bridge Festival every year, though it seemed to be more of a giant flea market than an actual festival.

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  3. Diane says:

    I don’t know what it is about covered bridges. I abslutely love them. You are totally right. Nostalgia! I can’t think of any here in Alberta. But there are a few in other places in Canada. This one looks as though it is no longer open to traffic. Sad. But good that it’s been preserved!

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