Covered bridges are iconic connections to the past and Pennsylvania, with over 200, has more than any other state. Chester County’s Brandywine Valley is nestled in southeastern Pennsylvania, straddling northern Delaware and is home to 15 of these historic structures. In the mid seventeenth century as populations and trade expanded, the need for reliable transportation over the region’s many streams and rivers grew as well. Thus the birth of the covered bridge and although other materials, such as iron and steel, made more modern structures, the beauty and history of the covered bridge has held strong. Many are designated historic sites and will be preserved for generations to come.
A visit to the region should include a stop at the Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center, 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square, just outside the gates of Longwood Gardens. Here a new interactive storyboard, whose pedestal is fashioned into the base of a covered bridge, informs travelers of the many things to see and do in the area including the trail of covered bridges. Finally pick up a Covered Bridge brochure and connect to the rich heritage that defines Chester County’s Brandywine Valley.
Check out this video and get behind the wheel with a sneak peek of the self-guided Covered Bridge Driving Tour.