With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Outdoor Wednesday ~ The Bridge Builder

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ The Bridge Builder

This quaint bridge is one of only two in-service, still standing covered bridges in New Jersey. At one time there were over 75 covered bridges in New Jersey but now only two remain. One is in north Jersey Hunterdon County and this one, just the next town over from us, in Cherry Hill.
It was designed by architect Malcolm Wells and built across the Cooper River's north branch by homebuilder Bob Scarborough
We took the opportunity this very cold but sunny day to drive by and take some pictures.
Scarborough Covered Bridge is located on Covered Bridge Road. It is in the residential community of Cherry Hill's Barclay Farm neighborhood.
There is a small park on the northeast side of the bridge which spans the north fork of the Cooper River.A few shots of the stream below the bridge. Though it doesn't show, the water was moving rather briskly.

(following from sources here and here) It was Wells' idea to employ the Town truss as he wanted to copy or emulate the covered bridges he saw in Bucks County, PA. This bridge has an incomplete A-frame and diagonal braces over the pedestrian walkway. The bridge is 55 feet long and located in the middle of one of our oldest neighborhoods in Cherry Hill.

In 1959, Bob Scarborough was developing housing on the Barclay Farmstead, and wanted to extend the subdivision street system over the North Fork of Cooper River, a small creek at the site. A lover of the Bucks County Covered Bridges, Scarborough decided to have a covered bridge for the purpose, and commissioned architect Malcolm Wells to design the bridge. It was dedicated on Saturday, February 14th, 1959. The bridge was renovated in 1993 and rededicated on its 34th anniversary.
In need of a good scrubbing, this plaque pictured above, shows a newspaper article of the bridge under construction back in 1958.
The bridge was dedicated on Valentine's Day in 1959 as 101 couples kissed to mark the tradition of the Kissing or Friendship Bridge.
Had we been here a couple of weeks ago we would have gotten shots like the one below. (Source)
Here is how the bridge looks in the summer. Source

The Bridge Builder

Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,

To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;

The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;

You never again must pass this way;

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,

"There followeth after me today

A youth, whose feet must pass this way."

"This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

That bridge is certainly charming! I can remember a covered bridge from my childhood. I'm wondering if it's still in existence. I'm glad to see this one is. It's really picturesque. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

Oh the charm of covered bridges. Sad that so many are no longer around. Thanks for sharing these photos. ~ Sarah

Light and Voices said...

I enjoyed the cyber tour of the Scarborough covered bridge in New Jersey. Lovely setting. Nice job!
Joyce M

LV said...

A very good and interesting post on bridges in your part of the country. A really nice job.

Hootin' Anni said...

I love this....reminds me of a favorite story of mine...Icabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow!

Come on over to see C shells!! For WEDNESDAY

ceekay said...

I just love covered bridges. We had a few in Michigan and Wisconsin when we lived there. I don't think there are any in AZ...nothing to build a bridge over!! But I could be wrong. I will have to Google that!
Thanks for visiting. Hope you are having a great week!

hip chick said...

We have a few covered bridges here in N.H. as well. I can't remember how many right now. I think it is more than two but I can't say for sure. They are so nostalgic and almost romantic.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Thanks for sharing. It's a shame that covered bridges are becoming so few. They all should be preserved as they have such beauty and charm.
Living it up at Lakewood,

SmilingSally said...

I love covered bridges, and this one is especially nice because of its color. Thanks for sharing. Happy OW.

grey like snuffie said...

I LOVE covered bridges....a trip winding through the Northeast looking for them would be most excellent some day!

Susan Wicker said...

Very nice post, L. Great photos! Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Christy said...

I used to drive on the bridge every day on my way to school! I forgot about it! It seems strange that it would be the only one of two left in the state because I usually think of covered bridges being in rural areas.

The Watts Family said...

Wow that is beautiful Thanks for sharing wonderful post ~Blessings Heather :)

Mary said...

I really loved your post. The bridge itself is a piece of Americiana but the history that you shared with us is wonderful. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Meg said...

I'd like to give you one of those "pass it along" blog awards that someone recently gave to me. It's on my site today. Just a shout out of appreciation!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

There is something so haunting about covered bridges to me.

They have stories hidden that no one will know... Your post is lovely -- always such a treat to stop by here.

If you get a moment --would love you to stop by -- I'm going to start a new meme --Friday-- Finding Beauty that I would love you to join!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Janice said...

ooh reminds me of the film, The Bridges of Madison County. It was lovely.

mbkatc230 said...

What a lovely little bridge! DH and I were in Cherry Hill alot when we were first married, lived just "over the bridge" in Philadelphia. I wish I had known this was around, I may have been a little less homesick! Happy OW. Kathy

My Grama's Soul said...

What a beautiful story with a nice piece of history. You live in a lovely part of our country, and that bridge is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!



eileeninmd said...

Great post, the covered bridge is pretty. I like that you showed pictures from different seasons.


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