The TBCBSP has rescheduled the May 1st meeting, (originally to be held at Dutch-Way Restaurant in Gap, PA) to Sunday, May 2, 2021 and the meeting will be held at the Manheim Community Farm Show Exhibition Center, 502 Adele Ave., Manheim, PA, 17545.  Our meeting will provide free pizza to everyone.  Pizza will be served at 2 p.m. followed by our business meeting. The Community Center is located next to Shearer's Bridge.  

The Community Center accommodates over 270 people so there is plenty of room to spread out meeting social distancing guidelines and members are also required to wear masks since PA law still requires masks at indoor venues.

We also are postponing our Annual Safari previously scheduled for May 22-24 until August 28-30, 2021 (tentative dates). 

Oberholtzers Mill / Red Run Bridge in Lancaster County (PA-36-10)

photo by Richard Zitrick

Oberholtzers mill

Oberholtzers Mill Bridge is a Burr Truss bridge, 107' long and built in 1866.  

 The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity 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 and February when there is no meeting. (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 locations as listed in the Society's newsletters.

Membership includes the Society's publications. Effective with 2019-2020 membership, our magazine, WOODEN COVERED SPANS,  is issued once a year. Our newsletter, PENNSYLVANIA CROSSINGS, is issued three times a year in a black and white hard copy version and an electronic color edition. Publications are not available without membership. (Click on the publication links in this paragraph to view a sample edition of our magazine and newsletter.)

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 $300.00 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 2020 Safari will be in Southeastern Ohio on June 6, 7 and 8. We will visit about 18 bridges.

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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