Brown Signs: Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA

If you thought that Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was a great railroad enthusiast depot, turn up the road to find some covered bridges. Though only a few dozen remain, their charm and rural romance crosses many a stream. Sundays are a good day to drive about trying to find a few of these bridges. Most of the shops and road-side stands are closed up for the Sabbath. But, the covered bridges are open for discovery and driving through.

Some of the covered bridges are mostly kept in various states of repair for tourist viewing. Some are “walk at your own risk”. Some have become encircled by shopping malls and four-lane roads. Some have improvised pull-off parking for photo-opts. Other landowners (most of the bridges are on public roads, but the off-road shoulders are on private land) are clearly hostile to bridge-spotters, with front yards lines with large rocks and marking stakes.

The Landis Valley open-air museum even had a locally published book of photos and map of covered bridges in Lancaster. Hitch-up your buggy and go for a ride.

 

 

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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13 Responses to Brown Signs: Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA

  1. Great photos. It has been many years since I visited this area. Your post triggered some great memories

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Good to have memories (I suspect that the whole covered bridge & Amish phenomenon is tapping back into some collective reminiscence about a simpler life… I’m not sure that if I had to commute through a one-lane bridge to get to work that the charm would be there every day).

  2. I never thought about ‘walk-at-your-own-risk’ bridges. Sounds like interesting scenery 🙂

  3. Interesting post! I like covered bridges. They are interesting also because they are few and look charming too!

  4. KerryCan says:

    I wonder why we are so intrigued with covered bridges. There’s one near here and every time I go that direction, I feel the desire to visit it, and take the same photos over and over again!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      That gets to the core question of why we are fascinated by any and all objects and hobbies that surround us. We in the USA (and maybe Canada, to include our norther cousins) seem quite serious in our pursuits of covered bridges to NASCAR drivers. I came across a British book some years ago about “Bizzaar Leisure”, which had chapters on all sorts of obsessive pursuits of various enthusiasts. That is where I got the term “train spotters” in my prior post. Is admiring Renoir paintings any more legitimate than admiring your woven textiles? Call me a Tea Towel Spotter!

  5. Laurie Graves says:

    To be human is to have obsessions and fixations. Some of them are actually good 😉

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    We have a number of covered bridges here too. Always loved them.

  7. O says:

    Thank you for sharing!

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