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Crossing a covered bridge is like entering a portal of time, transporting you back to the days of horse & buggy. In the early days of this country, ferries and barges were adequate for the transportation of people and goods across streams and rivers. As the population grew and trade increased, however, the need to transport larger numbers of people and heavier goods across waterways mandated the development of bridges.The main building material for these bridges was wood and the purpose of the covering was to protect the wooden structure from the weather. While the universal charm of these structures is not disputed, everyone would like to claim their local bridge is the first or most unique. "Firsts" vary in location and dates range from 1740 – 1808. Some were partially covered at first, then fully covered later.
As well as the historical aspect, covered bridges are popular in folklore and fiction. North American covered bridges received much recognition as a result of the success of the novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller, and then the movie of that name. These bridges in folklore were more like remote dwellings, suitable for the meeting of lovers or the clandestine exchanges of military information, or had haunted inhabitants. There are covered bridge societies and annual festivals everywhere across the country to commemorate these cherished iconic structures. Some of these covered bridge festivals are nationally known and have become the largest festivals in the state.
While the concept of covering a bridge over placid water to protect it from weather succeeded in regard to wind and rain, many have been no match for hurricanes and flooding. Several were washed away during recent Hurricane Irene, taking these bridges to our colonial past with them. Concern for structural integrity or threat of flooding waters have caused a few of these nostalgic bridges to be placed in nearby open fields to keep them with us just a few years longer.