SAFARI INFORMATION                    

      Please note as of March 8, 2023 the Sunset Motor Inn has no more rooms                     available for our Safari dates.  You may call and have them put you                                         on a call back list in case they have cancellations.                          You may also try booking a room in Stowe or staying at a campground. 

                                          The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania and the                                                                                            National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges                                                                                           will join forces for our 2023 covered bridge safari to northern Vermont.                                                            This will be a three-day safari during the Fall Season when "hopefully" leaves are colorful.                        We will be visiting bridges on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 23-25, 2023.

Headquarters will be at Sunset Motor Inn, 160 VT Route 15W, Morrisville, VT 05661.

Book your room for Friday night, September 22, Saturday night, September 23 and Sunday night, September 24.

                                            Phone: 802-888-4956.  Ask for Sherry to receive the discounted rate. (M-F 7am-3:30 pm).                                                            Tell Sherry you are with the Covered Bridge Safari.

Discounted Rates: (includes taxes) $125.57 for 1 Queen bed; $130.48 for 2 Double beds; $147.15 for 1 King bed, or handicapped room, or with 2 Queen beds. (You must call the motel directly to get the discounted rate.)  The Motel has two floors but no elevator.  
                                                                        One-third deposit is required at the time of booking.                                                                                If you have to cancel, you can cancel up to 7 days before your first night stay for a full refund.


         The motel cannot hold a block of rooms for us. The motel is filling quickly and as of February 9th there are only a few rooms remaining. If the motel is booked ask them to put you on a callback list in case they have any cancellations.  If you are unable to get a room at the Sunset Motel Inn consider searching motel availability in Stowe (closest to Headquarters), Montpelier and Burlington. I suggest booking your room as soon as possible at the Sunset Motor Inn knowing you can cancel anytime until 7 days before September 22. 

We plan to visit about 20 covered bridges in the first two days in northern Vermont and about 13 covered bridges in north central Vermont on Monday. A list of bridges we plan to visit will be provided soon. 

           After the last bridge visit on Monday bridgers are on their own to either continue on to go home, visit more bridges or stay at a                                               motel nearby which would likely be in the Rutland (west area of VT) or White River Junction (east area of VT).                     (If you plan to stay in the area Monday night, you must find a motel and book your stay.  Please book a room        soon for prices are already going up for this area in the fall season.)

A T-shirt order form will be included in the June Issue of PA Crossings.

Your safari leaders are Jim and Gloria Smedley and Bill and Jenn Caswell.  Contact info: 717-800-8435 or Jim's cell 443-791-3322, or Gloria's cell 410-733-5337 or email Jim at



 Our 2022 Safari to Bucks County, PA was held on August 20-21.  We visited all 12 covered bridges in Bucks County & Green Sergeants Bridge in NJ.  We also visited Ralph Stover State Park Pony Truss Bridge and the Tohickon Creek Aqueduct Bridge.  

Our Safari was led by Tim and Connie McLaughlin.

Photo directly below was taken at Cabin Run Bridge.  Bottom photo was taken at Schofield Ford Bridge.  

Both photos taken by Jim Smedley.


Cabin Run BridgeSchofield Ford Bridge


Our Society also conducts one-day safaris. Below is a list of recently held one-day safaris.

See Special Events Page for Group Photos

May 21, 2022 Northwest Lancaster County

June 19, 2021 Northeast Lancaster County  

October 17, 2020 Southeast Lancaster County

March 16, 2019 Thomas Mill Bridge in Philadelphia County

April 6, 2019 Berks County bridges

July 20, 2019 Union County

August 17, 2019 Lehigh and Northampton counties

September 22, 2019 Adams County & Bowmansdale Bridge in York County

October 19, 2019 Perry County 



 Our 2021 Safari was held on August 28-30 in southeast Ohio.  We visited 18 bridges in 4 counties.

Jim and Gloria Smedley led our safari.

Photo directly below was taken at Manchester Bridge in Noble County.  Bottom photo was taken at Barkhurst Mill Bridge in Morgan County.  Both photos taken by Jim Smedley.


Manchester BridgeBarkhurst Mill Bridge


Our 2019 Safari was held on May 31-June 2 in Columbia and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.  We visited 28 authentic bridges in Columbia, Northumberland, Montour and Dauphin counties. Bob & Judy Kuether led our safari.

2019 Safari photo below at Stillwater Bridge in Columbia County, PA on June 1st courtesy Thomas E. Walczak

   Stillwater Bridge


Our 2018 Safari was held on June 9-10 in Preble and Greene counties of western Ohio.  We visited all 14 authentic covered bridges in these two counties in additon to Black/Pugh's Mill Bridge in Butler County, Germantown Bridge in Montgomery County and Clifton Mill and bridge in Greene county.  Tom Walczak led our Safari.  

  2018 Safari photo below at Roberts Bridge in Preble County, Ohio, June 9th courtesy Thomas E. Walczak       

   Roberts Bridge


Our 2017 Safari was held June 3-5 in Bedford and Somerset counties, Pennsylvania.  We visited 21 authentic covered bridges and 2 non-authentic bridges and also visited the Flight 93 site near Shanksville, PA.  Ray Finkelstein and his wife Linda led our group during our three-day, very successful safari.  Fifty members and guests attended the safari, most of them for all three days.

2017 Safari photo below at Dr. Knisley Bridge in Bedford Sounty, Pennsylvania, June 3rd courtesy Thomas E. Walczak

   Dr. Knisley BridgeKing's Bridge

2017 Safari photo above at King's Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, June 4th courtesy Thomas E. Walczak

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