Cornish NH is a small pastoral town just south of Plainfield NH and is home to the longest twin span covered bridge in the world. The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge was originally built in 1866 at a cost of $9,000. It was re-built in 1988 at a cost of more than $4,000,000. The bridge continues to have the longest single covered span (204 ft) still carrying daily auto traffic and it has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Cornish NH became well-known as an artist and writers colony. The New York City sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gauden was the first to enjoy the cooler summers and his artist and writer friends quickly followed to escape the city heat. Saint Gaudens is now a National Historic Site and includes Augustus Saint Gauden’s home, gardens and studio.