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. You can help by:
a) notifying the National Society at 535 Second NH Tpke, Hillsboro, NH 03244 should you learn of any plans to demolish a Covered Bridge, and
b) joining the National Society yourself? There is, after all, much strength to be had in numbers. Click here for membership information.
As recently as 1959, there were still some 1,344 authentic nineteenth and early twentieth century Covered Wooden Bridges standing in these United States. By 2014, 660 of these had been lost to demolition, neglect, or arson?
In the early days of the Society, the principle challenge was convincing regional highway authorities, or selectmen, that a particular Covered Wooden Span ought to be preserved, if possible, not simply demolished to be replaced by a structure of modern design. More recently, however, there is no longer any question that these structures ought to be preserved, but discussions with public officials are usually centered on methods of restoration and preservation. The National Society are in the forefront of those arguing for the use of traditional materials and procedures in Covered Bridge renovation projects.
The National Society publishes the World Guide to Covered Bridges, a listing of all known remaining Covered Bridges. In addition, the National Society also puts out a quarterly magazine called Covered Bridge Topics, and a newsletter entitled simply, the Newsletter. Topics was founded in 1943 by Richard Sanders Allen, a noted Covered Bridge Authority and author of many books and articles on the subject. In the Allen tradition, the pages of Topics continue to be filled with interesting historical facts and photographs, some never having seen the light of day before in any other publication. The Newsletter keeps everyone up-to-date with what is happening in the world of the Covered Bridge.
The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges is a non-profit educational-charitable institution as defined in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and consequently, all donations to the Society are tax deductible.
Individual or family membership in the Society costs $20 per year, and includes subscriptions to both Topics and the Newsletter.
Please help preserve these Engineering and Architectural Masterpieces, our remaining Covered Wooden Bridges. Join the National Society today!