Bob White Covered Bridge

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Bob White Covered Bridge
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The Bob White Covered Bridge near Woolwine, Virginia.
Nearest city Woolwine, Virginia
Coordinates 36°46′44.82″N 80°14′51.26″W / 36.7791167°N 80.2475722°W / 36.7791167; -80.2475722Coordinates: 36°46′44.82″N 80°14′51.26″W / 36.7791167°N 80.2475722°W / 36.7791167; -80.2475722
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1921
Built by Weaver, Walter
Architectural style Other, Burr Arch
NRHP Reference # 73002049[1]
VLR # 070-0027
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 22, 1973
Designated VLR April 17, 1973[2]
Removed from NRHP February 7, 2017

The Bob White Covered Bridge, also known as the Lower Covered Bridge or Woolwine Covered Bridge, was a county-owned wooden covered bridge that spanned the Smith River in Patrick County, Virginia, United States. It was located on the old portion of Bob White Road (SR 869) off State Route 8 southeast of the community of Woolwine, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) north of Stuart. Coordinates were 36°46′44.82″N 80°14′51.26″W / 36.7791167°N 80.2475722°W / 36.7791167; -80.2475722 (36.779117, −80.247572).

Built in 1921, the 80-foot (24-meter) bridge was a Queen-post truss construction over two spans. Its WGCB number was 46-68-01. The Bob White Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1973. It was one of two historic covered bridges remaining in Patrick County, maintained by the Patrick County government. The bridge washed away and was destroyed in major flooding on September 29, 2015,[3] and subsequently removed from the National Register in 2017.[4]

History[edit]

The Bob White Covered Bridge was constructed by Walter G. Weaver of Woolwine, named for the former Bob White Post Office, which in turn was named after the bobwhite quails that inhabit the area. It served as an access route to the Smith River Church of the Brethren, located on the south side of the river. The bridge was bypassed to the west with a concrete bridge in 1981. Although closed to motor traffic, the Bob White Covered Bridge still attracted numerous visitors. The bridge was the site of annual horse-drawn wagon rides as part of the Patrick County Covered Bridge Festival held every June.[3]

Bob White Covered Bridge
Coordinates 36°46′44.82″N 80°14′51.26″W / 36.7791167°N 80.2475722°W / 36.7791167; -80.2475722
Carries pedestrian traffic
Crosses Smith River
Locale Woolwine, Virginia
Maintained by Patrick County, VA
ID number 46-68-01 (WGCB)
Characteristics
Design Queen-post truss
Total length 80 ft (24 m)
History
Construction end 1921
Closed September 29, 2015 by flooding

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b WDBJ7. "Bob White Covered Bridge in Woolwine washes away". wdbj7.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (February 17, 2017), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 2/6/2017 through 2/10/2017, archived from the original on March 8, 2017, retrieved March 8, 2017 .

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