The Brookfield Floating Bridge of Williamstown, VT. Brookfield is located just south of Williamstown, in Orange County, VT. (Top photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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.