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Friday, February 28, 2020

Covington Va and Covered Bridge

On our way home from Warm Springs in Bath County Va..  We decided another stop will be the covered bridge we had read about and wanted to see.   We stopped in a place to ask where it was located in the little town and the lady told us with all the rain we would probably have to see it from a distance.   We decided to go anyway and glad we took a chance because the water had receded.

One of the oldest remaining covered bridges in Virginia
Just west of Covington Virginia located in Allegheny County
Thought to be the only arched covered bridge in existence.

1820's the first bridge was built
washed away by flood in 1837.
1842 the second one flooded.
The third in 1856, gone.
Traffic stopped in 1929 and steel truss bridge built.

Neglected and used to store hay by farmers til the 1950's
Women's club of Covington and Covington chamber of commerce
raised the funds to have it restored.

Kind of blurry but reads that Humpback Bridge is a Love work destination
The love Work structures are a focal point of social media campaign to share a message that love is part of every Virginia vacation.
The "L" was created with bricks from the area
The "O" is from one of the retired paper machines at Mead/Westvaco representing history of manufacturing in the area
The "V" is a natural feature created from the tree on the creek bank
The "E" was created with railroad ties representing the railroad to our community

As you can see here the LOVE

A video of bridge and park area
A cold, windy day with pretty sun shine.

Covington is a beautiful area we will return to explore more.


  1. Dearest Betsy,
    That was a great place for visiting, regarding the cold and windy weather.
    Dunlap Creek seemed to be pretty much filled and a strong current!
    Great that they managed the 2013 restoration of Virginia's Oldest Covered Bridge in order to preserve this historic place.
    Good for bringing the girls there.

    1. We so enjoyed our days away and the history of the area. A treasure this is. The creek was full and you are so right, the current was strong. It was all over the road much earlier.
      Happy Week end to you Mariette,

  2. A nice old bridge. A great part of history and the LOVE is a lovely addition to the bridge.

    1. I agree that the LOVE is a nice addition. Especially with the tree that makes the V letter. The tree is on a bank but you really wouldn't know it with as high as that water was.
      Thank you for visiting.

  3. I love covered bridges. You got some great pictures.

  4. Incredibly beautiful bridge!! Covered bridges are so romantic! Wonderful photos! Have a great weekend!

    1. I think so too Angela. They were called kissing bridges at one time.


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