The Brookfield Floating Bridge of Williamstown, VT. Brookfield is located just south of Williamstown, in Orange County, VT. (Top photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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It is the site of the famous Floating Bridge, buoyed by 380 barrels – the only floating bridge in Vermont.
The 300-foot bridge spans Sunset Lake, which is too deep to support a pillared structure. In 1820, the bridge was made up of floating logs but the logs had to be replaced each year. Tarred barrels then became the solution for a number of years until modern times when they were replaced by plastic barrels filled with Styrofoam.