Drive around the back roads of many of the counties we serve, and you may enjoy an opportunity to cross a covered bridge – a nostalgic span into our state’s past.

Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to nearly 200 original covered bridges? We have the most in the nation. Lancaster County alone has more than two dozen — the most in the state.

Back in the day, covered bridges were courting spots, popularizing their kissing bridge nickname.

Theories still abound on why the bridges were built. Some say they provided a barn-like structure so livestock would feel at home crossing a stream or river. Others say the bridges were intended to keep slippery snow and ice off bridge surfaces or protect the support structures from the weather.

Want to learn more? Here’s a handy website to help guide you to some picturesque settings and a covered bridge that’s never too far away.