Witherspoon / Red Bridge in Franklin County (PA-28-02)

September 2017 photo by Thomas Walczak


Witherspoon or Red Bridge is one of only two remaining covered bridges in Franklin County.  Notice the lettering on the portal board. 

This is the water level during Tropical Storm Agnes on June 22, 1972.

(a different Penna covered bridge photo appears monthly)

The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.

The purpose of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. is to promote interest and active participation in the preservation and restoration of the remaining historic covered bridges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., generally meets the first Sunday of each month except in January. (If a major holiday interferes, the meeting is normally held the following Sunday.) Five or six of the meetings are held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manheim, PA at 90 S. Charlotte Street starting at 2 p.m. The remaining meetings are held at various as listed in the Society's newsletters.

Membership includes the Society publications. Our magazine, WOODEN COVERED SPANS, is issued twice a year and our newsletter, PENNSYLVANIA CROSSINGS, is issued three times a year. Publications are not available without membership. Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. Annual dues are $15.00 for an individual, $20.00 for a couple at the same address and $20.00 for a business or corporate membership.  A paid life membership is available for $250.00. Life membership for a couple at the same address is $300 and $125 for any additional family members.

Each year the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., plans a Covered Bridge Safari. A covered bridge safari is when a group of covered bridge enthusiasts caravan to covered bridges in a particular county or geographic area. The 2017 Safari will be in Bedford and Somerset counties on June 3-5. We will visit all but a few of the 24 bridges in the two counties.

Each year the Governor signs a proclamation to encourage all Pennsylvanians to visit covered bridges. "See Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges" Week begins the first Saturday after the first Sunday in May, to and including the third Sunday of May.

Monthly photo (as shown above) for submission by Society members only.  Please submit Pennsylvania covered bridge digital photos to jbsmedley@comcast.net.

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