Covered Bridges of Delaware

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Real Estate Agent with Patterson Schwartz

I have always loved covered bridges and I see them and use them often when riding my bike through New Castle County, Delaware. Sadly, the remaining Covered Bridges of Delaware are few. It is so important to preserve these beautiful structures. There's something about a red covered bridge in the scenic countryside that just gives me a warm feeling when I see it. The most recently renovated bridge at Wooddale in Greenville Delaware is my favorite! It is on the Red Clay Creek and it was originally built in 1850 and most recently ravaged by Hurricane Floyd. It was rebuit to it's present state in 2008 with much involvement from the community of Wooddale and the surrounding area. It has very pleasant architecture with the long lattice windows on either side! Yes, my favorite of the coverd bridges of Delaware! It's quite a beautiful and pleasant surprise as you round the bend in the road!

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 Another of the remaining historical covered bridges of Delaware is the Ashland Bridge in Hockessin Delaware. It also straddles the Red Clay Creek and was built in 1850. It was totally rehabbed in 1982 and then again in 2008 with foundation reinforcement, a new timber roof, decking and siding. I love the fragrance of the timber as I ride my bike across this beauty!

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Smith's Bridge in Greenville, Delaware is the longest and oldest of the three bridges and spans more than 150' over the scenic Brandywine Creek. It's located just inside the Delaware/Pennsylvania border. It was built in 1839 and was destroyed by arson (hard to fathom!) in the early 1960s. The bridge was reconstructed the following year without the cover and then totally completed to it's present state in 2002 with much support from the local community.

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At one time there were many covered bridges of Delaware - these are the few historic ones that remain. Just south of Centerville Delaware on Rt 52 there is a concrete stringer remaining of the DePaulo Bridge that crossed a small stream there. It's on the east side of the road. Interesting, but this is not an historic bridge. It was built in 1996.

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These covered bridges of Delaware are a beautiful heritage that we must preserve for many generations to come. There were once at least two dozen standing in Delaware alone! I hope this increases awareness to respect and preserve the beauty of these picturesque landmarks!



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Thanks for the information on the blog, Dave.  I've lived in PA all my life and am aware that there are more than 200 covered bridges in Pennsylvania, a few of which are within about 10 miles of my home in Auburn (Schuylkill County).  I never really though about covered bridges being in other states, oddly enough.  They really are quite quaint and historic.  I've noticed that some no longer allow vehicular traffic because of lack of upkeep.  Thanks for the photos and the brief histories of the bridges.  More should be done to save these historic sites.  Will check back to your blog! 

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