West Cornwall Covered Bridge
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The 1841 covered bridge spanning the Housatonic River in West Cornwall is the unofficial emblem of northwestern Connecticut and evidence of residents’ pride in their history. The five villages that comprise the town of Cornwall offer a cornucopia of country activities. On the scenic drive along Route 7 between West Cornwall and Cornwall Bridge, fly fishermen cast for trout in one of the most breathtaking and accessible parts of the Housatonic River. There’s a rustic charm to Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, which is Connecticut’s largest ski and snowboard resort with 25 trails and 7 lifts on 330 acres surrounded by state forest. Opened in 1947, Mohawk earned its place in the history books by being the first ski area in the United States to make its own snow. Long known as a haven for progressive writers and artists fleeing the city, and fast becoming the place for young entrepreneurs to launch their companies and raise their families in an ideal setting – “A” rated schools and the most amazing natural playground imaginable.   This eco-conscious community with an intellectual bent has been billed as “the greenest town in Connecticut.”

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Cornwall was incorporated by May 1740, and was named after Cornwall, England. The town is located on the east bank of the Housatonic River and also contains a major portion of the Mohawk State Forest. Principal communities include Cornwall Bridge, Cornwall Village, Cornwall Hollow, East Cornwall, and West Cornwall. The town is served by Route 4, US 7, Route 43, and Route 128. The covered bridge in West Cornwall is one of only three covered bridges in Litchfield County. It has been in continuous service since 1864. The span is 242 feet and it crosses the Housatonic River.

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