Area Guides for Philadelphia and the Surrounding Counties in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

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. trussArchitectural 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

Van SantConstructed 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:

1645 Aquetong Road, Solebury

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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.

412 Rockwood Path, New Hope

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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

22Built in 1872, Cabin Run Covered Bridge spans Tinicum Creek. This is another example of the town truss style. This bridge is located very close to scenic Ralph Stover/High Rocks state parks.

261 Dark Hollow Road, Pipersville

02 16      19      21089476_bigVery close to Cabin Run covered bridge, this sun drenched home overlooks a wooded valley. Expert workmanship creates a perfect setting to enjoy the bounties of nature.

1600 Sweetbriar Road, Ottsville

21771763_big 21771769_big        21771772_big       21822072_bigOffered 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.

Schofield Ford BridgeSchofield_Ford_Covered_Bridge

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.

3 Bryce Lane, Newtown

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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.

1451 Wrightstown Road, Newtown 

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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.

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