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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.
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.
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.