Ordering Information

$39.95, 8 x 10, hardcover, 288 pages, full color images, index
ISBN: 978-1-942155-52-2

To order copies visit Casemate IPM.

Publication date: November 11, 2022

Award-Winner:

Honorable Mention – Regional, 2022 Foreword INDIES Awards

Informational Nonfiction, 2023 IPNE Book Awards

Book of the Week –  2022 NH Book Center

Best Bridge Media Genre –  2022 Bridgehunter’s Chronicle

Preservation Achievement Award –  2023 NH Preservation Alliance

Silver, for Covered Bridges Podcast –  2022 NH Press Association Award

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire

by Kim Varney Chandler

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire is a must have book for covered bridge enthusiasts and historians. The book is an engaging and well-illustrated history of the remaining covered bridges in the Granite State. The 288-page, full color, softcover features the author’s own current day photography of all sixty-one covered bridges, paired with historical photos in a then-and-now-theme. It is the most comprehensive history of New Hampshire’s covered bridges in print. “No other book on covered bridges goes into such historical detail,” reports engineer Robert H. Durfee.

Award-winning author Kim Varney Chandler partnered with bridgewrights, timber framers, bridge engineers, historical societies, town offices, libraries, state and national organizations, and community members to compile extensive histories of each bridge. The histories of the historic covered bridges of New Hampshire have been collected with exhaustive research and constant fact-checking.

Readers’ Comments

While there have been many books written about New Hampshire’s covered bridges over the years, this one is by far the most comprehensive. Kim has thoroughly researched each bridge and provided documentation to support, and sometimes correct, the stories found in other books and periodicals.

—Bill Caswell, President, National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges

I have provided engineering services for many historic covered bridges in New Hampshire. Kim’s extensive research and passion for covered bridges is evident in her writing and has provided me with a much greater insight into the history of New Hampshire’s covered bridges.

—Sean T. James, P.E., Senior Vice President, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.

Kim has thoroughly investigated the building and work on covered bridges as well as many other important facts about these historic structures that seem to be getting lost in the fast society of today. She has also chronicled personal information and stories pertaining to the folklore surrounding the centuries of authentic covered bridge building. I am keenly anticipating the reading of the book.

—Arnold M. Graton, Master Covered Bridgewright

A must book for covered bridge enthusiasts and historians. No other book on covered bridges goes into such historical detail.

—Robert H. Durfee, P.E., Bridge Engineer/Covered Bridges

This book will be a must-have reference guide and historical resource for everyone who appreciates covered bridges.

—Scott Wagner, Vice President, National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges

About the Author

KIM VARNEY CHANDLER is a researcher, amateur genealogist, photographer, bird watcher, and dog lover. She is a two-time graduate of the University of New Hampshire (’91, ’96G), where her love of history began in Professor Charles Clark’s classroom in Horton Hall. But rather than boldly changing majors, she settled on a history minor instead. Her love of history has been nothing more than a hobby with which to annoy friends and family. Until now.

Kim is a member of the New Hampshire Humanities Speaker’s Bureau and travels through New Hampshire, delivering programs about covered bridges in the Granite State. She is a life member of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges and a member of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and the Hancock Historical Society. In addition to numerous awards, Kim has received extensive press coverage for Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, including a feature piece on WMUR-TV’s New Hampshire Chronicle.

When not immersed in the past, Kim works as a high school counselor and commits an inordinate amount of time to volunteer work. Kim is a life-long resident of New Hampshire, except for two stints living south of the Mason-Dixon.

She lives in Hancock with her husband, Marshell, and Pemi, the hiking therapy dog.