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Antietam Ironworks Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel McFarland


BH Photo #132659

Street View 


This four-arch stone bridge spanning the Antietam Creek was built in 1832 by John Weaver. It is located at the site of a large ironworks complex, first known as the Frederick Forge and later as the Antietam Iron Works which operated intermittently from 1763 until 1886, when the facility was sold at a bankruptcy sale. This bridge was one of the first two contracted by the county government after the Levy Court had been renamed the Board of County Commissioners in 1830. ~ SOURCE: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=3206


Stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek on Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg
Washington County, Maryland
Open to traffic
Built 1832
- John Weaver
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 36.1 ft.
Total length: 150.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Frederick Forge
Harpers Ferry Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.41667, -77.74167   (decimal degrees)
39°25'00" N, 77°44'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/263975/4366603 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory number
BH 19784 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2014: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • November 6, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 4, 2011: New photos from Luke Harden
  • December 19, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description, alt. names
  • February 9, 2009: Updated by Daniel McFarland
  • January 27, 2009: New photo from Daniel McFarland


  • Daniel McFarland
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


Antietam Ironworks Bridge
Posted August 4, 2011, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Added additional photo's in support of original's. Beautiful bridge.

1st photo- Looking North/East

2nd photo- Looking North/East

3rd photo- West side of bridge looking East

4th photo- Looking South. Note the concrete "walls" built at ends of bridge to protect from cars

5th photo- Looking North

6th photo- Antietam Aqueduct as seen from this bridge

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Antietam Ironworks Bridge
Posted December 25, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

No, this is the one you are looking for http://bridgehunter.com/md/washington/WIFH02I3120002S/

Antietam Ironworks Bridge
Posted December 25, 2010, by Scott Lowe (dayoffguy [at] aol [dot] com)

During the Antietam battle, is this the famous "Burnside Bridge"?

Ambrose Burnside, a union officer sent several attacks across this bridge. Confederate soldiers shot the union soldiers to shreds as they came across...