Colemanville Covered Bridge

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Colemanville Covered Bridge
Colemanville Covered Bridge Full Side View 3008px.jpg
Wide view of the side of the bridge
Coordinates39°53′56″N 76°20′32″W / 39.89889°N 76.34222°W / 39.89889; -76.34222Coordinates: 39°53′56″N 76°20′32″W / 39.89889°N 76.34222°W / 39.89889; -76.34222
CarriesT412 / T398
CrossesPequea Creek
LocaleLancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Official namePequea #12 Bridge
Other name(s)Martic Forge
Maintained byLancaster County
NBI Number367224040815120
Total length170 ft (52 m)
Width15 ft (4.6 m)
Height11.5 ft (3.5 m)
Load limit11 t (12 short tons)
Constructed byJames C. Carpenter
MPSCovered Bridges of Lancaster County TR
NRHP reference No.80003534
Added to NRHPDecember 11, 1980

The Colemanville Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge, it is Lancaster County's second-longest single-span covered bridge still being used.[1] It is also referred to as the Martic Forge Covered Bridge and Pequea #12 Bridge.

The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks.[2] It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted red with white trim.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-26.[3] In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003534.[4] The bridge is located on Fox Hollow Road just south of Pennsylvania route 324 in Martic Township, Pennsylvania.[1] It is located at 39°53′56.01″N 76°20′31.90″W / 39.8988917°N 76.3421944°W / 39.8988917; -76.3421944 (39.898892, -76.342194).


The Colemanville Covered Bridge was originally built in 1856 by James C. Carpenter at a cost of $2,244. After being damaged twice by flooding, it was partially rebuilt in 1938 by Edmund Gardner and 1973 by David Esh. Lancaster county completely rebuilt the bridge in 1992 for $350,000. During the restoration process the bridge was raised by 6 feet (1.8 m) and moved west a few feet to protect it from damage in potential future flooding.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "Colemanville Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  2. ^ "Colemanville Covered Bridge". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-10-20. Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  3. ^ Dr. Roger A. McCain. "Colemanville Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
  4. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.