Show your kindness and sense of humanitarianism when you donate to The Save the Covered Bridge Project through the purchase of our official Save the Covered Bridge t-shirt. Hurricane Irene recently destroyed the historic Quechee Covered Bridge in Quechee, Vermont and now the residents are suffering a huge loss as they repair and rebuild homes, shops and the bridge. Let's show the world how we can come together as a large community to help a small New England village located in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire maintain hope during this rebuilding process.
Hurricane Irene's Toll
Hurricane Irene took towns by surprise in Vermont. This storm was not forecasted to have such an impact on the land-locked state. Catastrophic flooding occured when heavy rains fell in a short period of time on already saturated grounds and was followed by tremendous water run-off from hills and mountains which flowed into streams and rivers. Irene's flooding in Quechee, VT, where the Ottaquechee River rose an estimated 25 feet, surpassed the tolls of the historic floods of 1869 and 1927. Many businesses sustained damage, but, as seen in news reports around the world, many beautiful iconic bridges were ripped apart by the harsh effects of the hurricane. These landmark bridges have been tourist destinations for years.
Business owners in the Upper Valley spend August preparing for the busiest seaon of the year - the foliage season. The incredibly beautiful changing leaves over the Green Mountains of Vermont attract new and repeat visitors to the area more than any other time of the year. With Quechee being the number 3 vacation spot during the foliage season, local shop owners, apple orchards, inns and recreation based businesses count on increased sales during this season. We encourage you to visit Quechee and the Upper Valley this Fall!
Local and state agencies have worked hard to open roads that were made impassable from the storm.
How can you help? Follow Sarabeth's and Johnny's 3-Point Call-to-Action:
1. Buy the Save the "Official' Save the Covered Bridge t-shirt to be part of the rebuilding process
2. Suppport our community by visiting and enjoying the foliage season and the upcoming ski season
3. Learn how to prepare when a severe weather system is approaching and learn how the environment was impacted post-event
Things to Do in Quechee and Nearby
Take Scenic Bike Rides and Hikes (or a long drive)
Go Apple Picking
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Quechee
Visit the Quechee Gorge
Go Horseback Riding
Make a Photographic Journal to post online
Stay at a Country Inn
Try Real Vermont Maple Syrup and Vermont Cheese
Enjoy meals at Local Restaurants
Meet the Raptors at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
Get a Massage at the Strong House Spa
Visit local Galleries and Museums
See our links page for more ideas and resources