Skip to main content

Patrick County, Virginia Covered Bridges

Patrick County is home to two of Virginia's eight remaining covered bridges eighty years and older.  The two bridges, Bob White and Jacks Creek, are located within miles of each other off of VA Route 8.

Bob White Covered Bridge:
 
Just off of Route 8 in Woolwine sits the Bob White Covered Bridge.  Built in 1921, the 80' Burr Truss bridge over the Smith River is one of the last covered bridges built for general traffic in Virginia.   Designed and built by Walter Weaver of Woolwine, the bridge served as an access point to the Smith River Church of the Brethren.  The bridge is now closed to vehicles but is the centerpiece of Patrick County's Covered Bridge Festival held annually in June. 

To get to the Bob White Covered Bridge follow VA 8 south of Woolwine, turn left to go east on Route 618 for one mile and then turn right onto Route 869.  Route 869 dead ends at the bridge.  Brown destination signs also mark the route to the bridge.

Jack's Creek Covered Bridge:
 
Just a few miles south on VA 8 from the Bob White Bridge is another covered bridge over the Smith River.  Jack's Creek Bridge - named for a nearby Baptist Church - is slightly older and shorter than Bob White.  The 48-foot span was also designed by Walter Weaver and built in 1914.  The bridge was built by Charles Vaughn. 
 
The Jack's Creek Bridge is also located south of Woolwine and can be seen from Route 8.  From VA 8 South, a quick right turn onto Route 615 takes you to the bridge.

 
 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Interstate 40 and the H-Bomb

Interstate 40 within California is entirely contained to San Bernandio County over a course of 155 miles from Interstate 15 in Barstow east to the Arizona State Line at the Colorado River.  Interstate 40 is aligned entirely in the Mojave Desert over the same general corridor established by US Route 66 and the National Old Trails Road.   Interstate 40 is known as the Needles Freeway and has an interesting backstory which included the prospect of the Bristol Mountains being excavated by way of nuclear blasts as part of Operation Carryall.   Part 1; the history of Interstate 40 in California The focus on this blog will be primarily centered around the construction of Interstate 40 ("I-40") within California.  That being said the corridor of automotive travel east of Barstow to the Arizona State Line was largely pioneered by the National Old Trails Road ("NOTR")   In April of 1912 the NOTR was organized with the goal of signing a trans-continental highway between Baltim

California State Route 232

This past month I drove the entirety of California State Route 232 in Ventura County. CA 232 is an approximately 4 miles State Highway aligned on Vineland Avenye which begins near Saticoy at CA 118 and traverses southwest to US Route 101 in Oxnard.  The alignment of CA 232 was first adopted into the State Highway System in 1933 as Legislative Route Number 154 according to CAhighways.org. CAhighways.org on LRN 154 As originally defined LRN 154 was aligned from LRN 9 (future CA 118) southwest to LRN 2/US 101 in El Rio.  This configuration of LRN 154 between CA 118/LRN 9 and US 101/LRN 2 can be seen on the 1935 California Division of Highways Map of Ventura County. 1935 Ventura County Highway Map According to CAhighways.org the route of LRN 154 was extended west from US 101/LRN 2 to US 101A/LRN 60 in 1951.  Unfortunately State Highway Maps do not show this extension due to it being extremely small. During the 1964 State Highway Renumbering LRN 154 was assigned CA 232.  Of n

California State Route 128

California State Route 128 is a 121 mile State Highway which spans from California State Route 1 at the mouth Navarro River eastward to Interstate 505 near Winters.  California State Route 128 is one of California's most underrated scenic State Highways which traverses; Mendocino County, Solano County, Napa County and Yolo County.  Presently California State Route 128 has 11 unconstructed miles which would connect it from Interstate 505 east to California State Route 113 in Davis.   Part 1; the history of the original California State Route 28 and California State Route 128 What became California State Route 128 ("CA 128") was announced in the   August 1934 California Highways & Public Works  as the original CA 28.    CA 28 in it's original definition was aligned from CA 1 near Albion east to US 40 near Davis.   CA 28 as originally defined was comprised of numerous Legislative Route Numbers ("LRN") which were adopted as follows: -  LRN 1  between McDona