Bucks County Covered Bridges are significant historic structures that symbolize small-town America. Something from the nineteenth century, a little archaic and strange to modern eyes, the covered bridges recall a time when life was simpler and closer to the land. Photogenic and often remote from the interstate highways and cities of the twentieth century, covered bridges lure the explorer to find the little streams and dirt roads that the twentieth century has almost passed by.
Covered bridges have a romantic quality that we associate with times when life moved more slowly. The shade the provided made them a natural place to pause from the summer's heat. Pausing was for some a chance to steal a private kiss, hence, their nickname "kissing bridges"! Others used the time spent traversing a covered bridge to make a wish.
The covered bridge is an important and significant historic structure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Bucks County at one time had more than 50 covered bridges, only 12 of which still stand today. The goal of the Bucks County Covered Bridge Society is to help preserve these remaining bridges for a long time to come.
The Bucks County Covered Bridge Society celebrates the history, craftsmanship and beauty of the 12 remaining covered bridges of Bucks County
Cabin Run Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 25.91 W75 06.79)
The bridge is located on Township Route 409 approximately 0.6 mile
northwest of Smiths Corner in Plumstead Township, it crosses Cabin Run
Creek. The structure was erected in 1871 utilizing the town truss
design. This bridge has a length of 82 feet with a width of 15 feet and
uses 1 span. The bridge was built by David Sutton and is owned and
maintained by Bucks County, the structure is in excellent condition and
open to vehicle traffic. This bridge is typical of Bucks County bridges
in that it has vertical board siding on the sides, portals and interior
walls. The sides have no openings which makes it very dark inside.
Erwinna Covered Bridge
30.15 W75 04.48)
This bridge can be found on State Route 1014, NW of Erwinna in
Timcum Township, Geigel Hill Road. The bridge was built in 1871 and the
builder is unknown. The Town Truss was utilized in construction of the
bridge, it uses 1 span. The length of the bridge is 56 feet with a width
of 15 feet and crosses the Lodi (Swamp Creek). The structure is
owned and maintained by the State of Pennsylvania, the bridge is open to
vehicle traffic and in good condition. This is the shortest covered
bridge in Bucks County.
Frankenfield Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 28.53 W75 05.96)
Frankenfield Bridge is located SW of Erwinna in Tinicum Township on Township
Route 440 about 0.5 mile east at Sundale. The structure was built in 1872 by
David Sutton utilizing the Town Truss and has 2 spans. The length is 130
feet and a width of 12 feet, it crosses Tinicum Creek. The County owns and
maintains the bridge which is in good condition and open to motor vehicle
Knecht's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 32.29 W75 16.67)
This bridge is located on Township Route 418, south of State Route 4069, 2 miles
northeast of Pleasant Valley. The structure was built in 1873 and the builder is
unknown, the Town Truss was again utilized in the construction, it has 1 span.
Knecht's crosses Cooks (Durham) Creek, it has a length of 110 feet and a width
of 15 feet, it is owned and maintained by the County it is opened to vehicle
trafffic. I really enjoy see the mason work on the wing walls of these bridges
in Bucks County it does add even more beauty the an already beautiful
Loux Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 25.36 W75 07.67)
The location of Loux Covered Bridge is on State Route 1003, just southeast of Pipersville, Pennsylvania. The bridge was built in 1874 by David Sutton using the Town Truss design, it has 1 span. The length of the structure is 89ft and has a width of 15 feet it crosses Cabin Run Creek. The bridge is in good condition and open to vehicle traffic, it is owned and maintained by the state of Pennsylvania. This is the only Covered Bridge in Bucks County that is painted white. The bridge is located in a beautiful rural setting in the remote section of the county. The bridge has a plaque that identifies it as Cabin Run Bridge, no one seems to know why, there is another bridge that has the name Cabin Run (see the first bridge on this page).
Mood's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 22.88 W75 16.30)
Mood's Bridge is located on State Route 4089, 1 mile northeast of Perksie. The bridge was built in 1874 and the builder is unknown, how ever, this email had been sent to me recently and although it is only here say and not documented fact I do believe it does have some credence. Iwas recently commissioned by Heidi Mood Norcross of New Milford, Connecticut to build a model of the original Mood’s covered bridge. Heidi came to my home in Quakertown, PA on Thursday 8/30/2012 to pick up the completed model; her father John D. Mood of Ninole, HI and his uncle Samuel Mood accompanied her. Moods from around the country are assembling in this area for a Mood Family reunion. They related to me that they all are descended from Samuel Sumstone Mood (9/12/1829 – 1/10/1906) and that he was the original builder of Mood’s covered bridge. Heidi is a great, great, great granddaughter of Samuel Sumstone Mood, her father, John, is a great, great grandson and his uncle, Samuel, is a great grandson. Although I have seen no historical documentationto confirm their assertion, I am inclined to believe their story The bridge utilizes the Town Truss design and has 1 span. The length is 121 feet and the width is 15 feet. it crosses Perkimen Creek. The bridge is open to vehicle traffic and is in very well maintained. This structure is owned by the state of Pennsylvania.
Pine Valley Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 18.33 W75 11.25)
The bridge is located on Township Route 340 NW of New Britain. This structure
was built in 1842 by David Sutton utilizing the Town Truss design, it has one
span. The length of the bridge is 81 feet and the width is 15 feet, it crosses
Pine Run Creek. The bridge is owned by Bucks County, and is in good condition
and open to vehicle traffic.
Ralph Stover Bridge
(GPS N40 26.07 W75 05.85)
Ralph Stover Bridge is located on State R0ute 1009 , State Park Road north of
Smith's Corner, Pa. The year the bridge was built is unknown and also the
builder is unknown. The builder utilized the Howe Truss in the construction, it
has two spans and crosses Tohickon Creek. The bridge is owned and maintained by
the state and is only open to foot traffic. I was not going to enter this bridge
with my covered bridges, but it is unique and I thought many would be interested
in its design. It seems the bridge is not listed in any of the Pennsylvania
historical books on bridges
Sheard's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 27.30 W75 16.71)
Sheard's can be located on State Route 4099 in Thatcher, Pa. The bridge was
built in 1873 by builders unknown, using the Town Truss, it utilizes one span.
The length of the structure is 130 feet and the width is 15 feet and crosses
Tohicken Creek, it is in good condition and opened to vehicle traffic. The
bridge is owned and maintained by the state of Pennsylvania
South Perkasie Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 22.08 W75 17.72)
The bridge location is in Lenape Park in the southern part of Perkasie. The
bridge was originally built in 1832 and is the oldest remaining bridge in Bucks
County, it crosses no stream and is situated on dry land in Lenape Park. The
bridge is 93 feet long and 15 feet wide again the Town Truss was used with one
span. The bridge is in excellent condition and only opened to foot traffic. The
owners of the structure is the Perkasie Historical Society who also are the ones
who save this historical structure from demolition and moved it to its present
location in 1958.
Twinning Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 14.65 W74 58.81)
The bridge is located a short distance form Bucks County Community College in
Tyler State Park. It is accessible from Route 2036. The bridge was built 1836
and the builder is unknown, the construction utilizes the Town Truss and has 2
spans, it crosses the Neshaminy Creek. The length is 150 feet and is 17 feet
wide, it is in good condition and only open to foot traffic. Twining Ford is
owned and maintained by the state. You can see by the photos what a great image
this bridge creates in a beautiful setting. In 1991 the bridge was
destroyed by fire and the remnants had fallen into the creek. The bridge has
been restored to its present rustic state, saving another historical structure
Uhlerstown Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 31.52 W75 04.39)
The bridge is located on Township Route 441 west of Uhlerstown, Pa. The bridge
was erected in 1832 and the builder is unknown, the construction is with the
Town Truss and has 1 span. The structure is 110 feet and 15 feet wide and
crosses the Tinicum Creek it actually crosses the Delaware Canal at Lock 8.
The bridge is in good condition and opened to vehicle traffic, it is owned and
maintained by the State of Pennsylvania.
Van Sant Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 19.59 W74 57.46)
The location is on Township Route 392 east of Buckmansville just west of
Washington Crossing State Park. The bridge was built in 1875 by G. Arndt and P.
S Naylor, they used the Town Truss in the construction. The bridge is 86 feet
long and 15 feet wide and utilizes one span, it crosses Pidcock Creek. The
bridge is in good condition and opened to vehicle traffic, Bucks County owns and
maintains the structure.
(Note: Photos provided by Robert Sheldon)