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Preservation of Covered Bridges

 

About the Society

 

 

This country's remaining Covered Bridges are a National Treasure! Even in their sometimes dilapidated or poorly restored condition, these spans bear truthful witness to much that is American Culture and Heritage, and ought thus to be preserved!

The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, founded in 1950, has been instrumental in saving many historic spans from demolition.

Did you know that when we published our first covered bridge guide in 1956 there were approximately 2,000 historic covered wood truss bridges in North America? Today, less than half of them remain. We need your support to help preserve the remaining historic structures for future generations.

If you are interested in advancing our cause, please click here for membership information

Membership includes a subscription to our quarterly magazine called Covered Bridge Topics. Topics was founded in 1943 by noted researcher Richard Sanders Allen who also authored many books on the subject of covered bridges. Each issue contains 16 pages of in-depth articles about existing and former structures. Many of the photographs included with the articles are from the Society's collection and have not been previously published.

In addition to Topics, members also receive a quarterly Newsletter containing current bridge news along with information about upcoming meetings and events.

We hold monthly meetings between March and October except May. The full schedule is in the Newsletter and on the website. If you wish to visit the remaining authentic wood truss covered bridges, we publish the World Guide to Covered Bridges. This book includes details about each bridge with directions and GPS coordinates to help locate them. To obtain a copy, send a check or money order made payable to N.S.P.C.B. for $15.95 to Jenn Caswell, 535 2nd NH Tpke, Hillsboro, NH 03244 or order online.

Please help preserve these Engineering and Architectural Masterpieces, our remaining Covered Wooden Bridges. Join the National Society today!