Truss in the Design
We’re welcoming Autumn with a brief explanation of an iconic Pennsylvania scene: the covered bridge. These structures are more than fodder for postcards and the October page of calendars–they’re a testament to the ingenuity of old world, American construction. While beautiful, the functional purpose of the roof and siding is to protect the wooden components of the bridge, including its wooden truss system. Without the use of trusses the length of the bridge would be limited to the length of the available timber. Thanks to their design, these bridges often remain structurally sound for more than a century. Architectural Digest highlighted some iconic covered bridges in America, but we’re going to highlight a few covered bridges in the greater Philadelphia area. We’ll start with Van Sant Bridge, located south of New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Van Sant Bridge
Constructed in 1875, this town truss style covered bridge spans Pidcock Creek. The bridge spans about 85 feet and has been entered into the U.S. register of historic places. There are a few listings very close to this particular covered bridge:
This modernized, 200 year old barn boasts 6900 square feet of living space and an enormous window presence. Take notice of the central floor to ceiling fireplace and loft-like staircases.
Three beautiful acres at the end of the cul-de-sac with expansive lawns, wooded borders and seasonal views of the Delaware River provide the setting for this gorgeous home.
Cabin Run Covered Bridge
Offered for the first time and located on a quiet country road in beautiful Bedminster Township is this custom built 4 bedroom, 3 bath colonial home built by well-known local builder/craftsman Robert Platz.
Located in what is now Tyler State Park, Schofield Ford Bridge spans 150 feet over the Neshaminy Creek. The bridge that stands today is a replica of the original. However, the rebuild wasn’t warranted by disrepair but rather an unfortunate fire.
The light-filled home is finished w/ windows and French doors galore, gleaming hardwood floors, custom mill work,& offers tall ceiling height. Quality of construction and attention to detail are the hallmarks of this classic stone fronted 5 Bedroom, 4.1 Bath home, custom-built by Richard Zaveta.
Shanti Farms, a name conveying the peace and tranquility of this property, is an English-style country house privately situated on six acres. The grounds are beautiful with vista views. The home features a true center-hall floor plan with open stairs, a spacious sunken living room with stone fireplace; this room opens to a screened porch and natural south facing patio for wonderful outdoor dining and relaxing.
There are many more covered bridges in Pennsylvania–check out this site for a more comprehensive list.
Starting in Tinicum Township in Upper Bucks, this video will guide you through several Delaware River communities, Central Bucks County and provide you a peak into some great towns like Doylestown, Newtown and Washington Crossing in Upper Makefield township. Enjoy the 3 minute ride.
Delaware River Communities in Central Bucks
Tinicum Township homes feature beautifully restored stone farm houses where families enjoy the goodness of nature and move at a slower pace. The Tohickon Creek flows along the southern edge into the Delaware at Point Pleasant. From there summer visitors can take a lazy ride from River Country past the Black Bass Hotel in an inflatable tube on the river. A shuttle will pick you up just south of Lumberville, return you to your car where you can tour modern estate homes in Solebury Township. Try to include a visit to Dilly’s Corner for ice cream or the Center Bridge Inn for a glass of wine.
Just a mile west of the river is the Carversville Inn where diners can step back in time and enjoy a meal of venison or slow roasted prime rib over a bottle of wine with friends. Just a little south is New Hope, Washington Crossing and Yardley and you can read more about each of these river communities here .
Modern Estates and Historic Homes Blend Well in Doylestown
This central Bucks County community is the county seat and a cultural hub. The Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum and the Moravian Tile and Pottery Works are all within walking distance of downtown Doylestown. Surrounding the borough are spectacular vintage estates and historic stone farm houses that that date back to the late 1700’s. On the other end of the spectrum are modern executive homes with open floor plans , cathedral ceilings and a kitchen designed for a professional chef.
Give us a call if you are looking to visit any of these areas and wish to schedule a private viewing.
About Our Author
Tom is a native of Bucks County and active participant in the Philadelphia regions business landscape. Which means he works and plays in PA. Loves to share his passion for food, outdoor activities and “being part of the solution”. In business, you will find his expertise in helping clients improve lead generation, business to business internet marketing, doing YouTube video advertising for Philadelphia area clients. The primary focus of his business is local search marketing for Montgomery County & Bucks County small business owners and his company is recognized as one of the best SEO companies in Philadelphia.
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