While we were staying at Whispering Pines Campground in RI in September in 2018 we found the Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge. During our travels we will search the internet for covered bridges nearby the campground we stay at. The bridge was about 25 miles north of the campground so we jumped on the motorcycle and off we went.
It is located on Central Pike in the town of Foster and it is the only covered bridge on a public road in RI and it crosses over the Hemlock Brook.
It Was Burned By Vandals In 1993
The covered bridge was proposed to be built over an existing steel bridge in honor of the 350th birthday of the state of Rhode Island. All of the wood was donated by Providence Water Supply and all of the work constructing the bridge was done by volunteers. The proposed date to build came in 1986 and it was dedicated on May 23, 1993. Sadly, the bridge was burned by vandals in September 1993. Twelve days after the fire plans were made to re-build and the bridge was dedicated on November 5, 1994.
This was a pretty little bridge in a very nice treed area. One unique thing we found was a sign next to the bridge titled “Rates of Toll.” These were the amounts charged for crossing the bridge. This is the only covered bridge we have visited that had tolls posted.
105A Central Pike
Date of Visit – September 2018