Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge, Stoddard: Address, Stone Arch Bridge Reviews: 5/5

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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,097 contributions
ONE OF MANY STONE ARCH BRIDGES IN SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
May 2019 • Solo
The double-arch stone bridge that spans the North Branch River just off NH Route 9 in Stoddard near the town line with Antrim is one of many stone arch bridges in southern New Hampshire. There five more in Hillsborough County. In the pre-TripAdvisor days, I made up a tour for myself of several of them along with other area attractions.

The stone arch bridges are engineering marvels for several reasons. Built in the 1800’s, they were constructed without mortar. The design and construction required stonecutters with extraordinary skills to make each stone had to fit just right and hold in place by balance and pressure of one stone on another.

No trip north or south on NH Route 9 is complete without a stop for this bridge and the New Hampshire State Historic Marker that goes with it. The marker reads:
This twin arch structure, built without mortar and sustained solely by expert shaping of its archstones, is typical of a unique style of bridge construction employed primarily in the Contoocook River Valley in the first half of the Nineteenth Century. These bridges are a significant part of our American architectural heritage. ~ State of New Hampshire

On this particular visit to the Stone Arch Bridge, the water flow was average.

As always, it was good rest and leg-stretch stop. Stopping here always breaks up the journey which is usually to and from somewhere in Upstate New York or the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. In this instance it was both going to and returning from the Greater Albany area.

I rate the Stone Arch Bridge at only 4.25 as there are larger and more attractive stone arch bridges elsewhere in neighboring Hillsborough County.

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Written 19 May 2019
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ScoMort
New Hampshire112 contributions
Quick and easy -- check it out!
May 2018 • Family
The Stone Arch Bridge is about 50 feet off the highway with plenty of parking. From the parking area, walk about 25 feet and you're standing on the bridge. Dog friendly.

There is a historical sign explaining the significance of the bridge: no mortar was used during its construction and the stones are expertly placed so they support each other.

Amazing architecture when you take a closer look at the arched bridge.

This is a good attraction if you want to just pull off the road to stretch your legs.
Written 28 May 2018
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Deborah W
Lebanon, ME215 contributions
How Lovely is THIS!!!
Apr 2017 • Friends
Very old stone built bridge...
Lovely for photographers or history buffs, trails for walking and a gorgeous river for just sitting by....
Written 28 April 2017
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BassSherpa
Myersville, MD167 contributions
Fun, easy photo op at historic wayside!
Oct 2016 • Friends
This historic wayside is a simple pull-off and parking lot on the east side of NH Rte. 9, between Keene and Concord. It reminds me of driving the backroads in the 60's and 70's, when things were simpler and best of all FREE! When we stopped there, a mother-daughter duo on college visits were taking pictures and we offered to take one of them together. They struck some funky poses (something to do with cheerleading, I guessed), and they did the same for us. The bridge crosses the Contoocook Rover, which itself is amazingly scenic. It's one of the last of it's kind--totally mortarless, built by expert Scots-American stone masons who cut and fit the granite chunks like the Pyramids! Such a pretty wayside, with picnic tables and two historic markers as well. You can actually walk across the bridge. So cool!

Side note: for those traveling to the NH Lakes or White Mountains, NH Rte. 9 is the best, TOLL-FREE way to go, puts you out on I-93 in Concord, above the jam-packed Hooksett tollbooths. NH natives will kick me for giving this secret away...Don't forget to stop at the stone arch bridge.
Written 21 January 2017
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