Martin's Mill Covered Bridge
Photo taken by Jodi Christman
Built in 1849, Martinís Mill Covered Bridge is one of only two covered bridges remaining in Franklin County. It is located on Weaver Road in Antrim Township, about 3.5 miles southwest of Greencastle and 1.8 miles off Williamsport Pike. The 205-foot span, built in the town lattice truss style to accommodate weight, is the second longest covered bridge in Pennsylvania. The bridge crosses the east branch of the Conococheague Creek, and is named for the saw and grist mill which once stood upstream on its west bank. The historic bridge, now restored to near original condition, has survived three near destructions: the first in 1958, when it was condemned by the county to be abandoned and destroyed; the second in 1972, when it was washed from its center pier and abutments by the floods from Hurricane Agnes; and the last, in the fall of 1991, when it had fallen into disrepair and nearly collapsed.
In each instance, the Martinís Mill Covered Bridge Association, a group founded in 1961 to preserve the bridge for future generations, has stepped in to prevent its loss. The latest restoration, completed in 1995, took three years. The bridge structure was stabilized, rotted flooring and siding replaced and a new wood shingle roof added. To protect the bridge after this latest and most expensive repair, gates were added at both portals to limit vehicular traffic. Visitors are invited to park at either abutment and bike or walk across. The site of Martinís Mill Covered Bridge includes a public park and recreation area upstream from the bridge on the east bank of the creek.
- Through truss bridge on West Weaver Road
- Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
- Built 1849
- - Jacob Shirk
- Town Truss construction
Total length: 205.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Shindle Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.76471, -77.77550 (decimal degrees)
39°45'53" N, 77°46'32" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/262255/4405327 (zone/easting/northing)
- USGS topographic map
- Inventory number
- BH 46333 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- October 24, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
- October 23, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
- September 26, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman
- Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com