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26

Lancaster PA's Tour of Covered Bridges


Lancaster Things to Do Covered BridgesLancaster's beautiful countryside is one of its most charming amenities; people love to spend time exploring the local area. Because of its natural beauty and historical significance, one of the top things to do for both Lancaster residents and visitors is taking a covered bridge tour.


Wooden covered bridges point back to a simpler time when horse and buggy ruled the land and people took life a little more slowly. These bridges are often tucked away near quiet back roads spanning trickling streams and surrounded by breathtaking woodland. In fact, the over 200 covered bridges in Pennsylvania attract many of the state's visitors, and five of these are located in Lancaster. As you tour these bridges, which were also known as kissing bridges, you can almost see the shadow of a couple steeling away for a kiss in the shadows of the historic planks. Here are the bridges you will want to include on your day trip to see this part of the state's history.

 

Kurtz Mill Covered Bridge

The Kurtz Mill Covered Bridge is a beautiful red wooden bridge spanning Mill Creek. Originally the bridge covered the Conestoga River, but it was damaged by Hurricane Agnus in the 1970s. At that time, the bridge was moved to Lancaster County Central Park, where it was rebuilt over Mill Creek, which remains its current location. The red color is particularly striking after a snowfall.

 

Landis Mill Covered Bridge

The Landis Mill Covered Bridge sits on Shreiner Station Road a block west of the Park City Mall in Lancaster. This bridge is special because it uses the kingpost truss rather than the more common Burr arch truss due to its shorter length. The bridge spans Little Conestoga Creek and remains in its original position.

 

Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge

Located a quarter mile north of Highway 23 on Mondale Road, Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge is the longest single-span covered bridge in Lancaster County. It was also damaged by Hurricane Agnus but was rebuilt in its original location over the Conestoga River.

 

Neff's Mill Covered Bridge

Spanning Pequea Creek, Neff's Mill Covered Bridge was originally known as the Bowman's Mill Bridge. The opening of this bridge is just 11 feet, making it the narrowest covered bridge in the county. This bridge sits on Penn Grant Road a half-mile south of Lampeter.

 

Willows Bridge

The Willows Bridge crosses Mill Creek. This unique bridge is actually two bridges, the Millers Farm Bridge and the Goods Ford Bridge, put together. Every piece in the current bridge comes from the original bridges, except for the shingles. The wood in the bridges is around 300 years old.

 

Lancaster is full of interesting things to do, but if you want to explore a piece of its history, plan a day to check out these bridges. As you do, you may find that you fall in love with the history and culture of Lancaster. If you are ready to find a home in Lancaster, contact Homesale Realty for help with your home search.

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