Pine Grove Covered Bridge

Coordinates: 39°47′37″N 76°02′41″W / 39.79361°N 76.04472°W / 39.79361; -76.04472
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Pine Grove Covered Bridge
Coordinates39°47′37″N 76°02′41″W / 39.79361°N 76.04472°W / 39.79361; -76.04472
CarriesEast Branch of Octoraro Creek (Connects Lancaster and Chester counties).
CrossesEast Branch of Octoraro Creek
LocaleLancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
DesignTwo span, double Burr arch King post truss
Total length195 feet (59.4 m)[1]
Width15 feet (4.6 m)
Constructed byElias McMellen
Construction start1884

The Pine Grove Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the East Branch of Octoraro Creek on the border between Lancaster County and Chester County in Pennsylvania, United States. It is the longest covered bridge in Lancaster County. The bridge was built in 1884 by Elias McMellen.


The bridge has a two-span, wooden, double Burr arch truss design with the addition of steel hanger rods. It is the only two-span covered bridge still in use. The bridge's deck is made from oak planks. It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges on the outside, but is not painted on the inside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-15-22/38-36-41. Added in 1980, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003521.[2] It is located at 39°47′36.6″N 76°2′39.6″W / 39.793500°N 76.044333°W / 39.793500; -76.044333 (39.7935, -76.04433).[3]

Nearby covered bridges[edit]

Baumgardener's Covered BridgeBitzer's Mill Covered BridgeBucher's Mill Covered BridgeBuck Hill Covered BridgeColemanville Covered BridgeErb's Covered BridgeForry's Mill Covered BridgeHerr's Mill Covered BridgeHunsecker's Covered BridgeJackson's Sawmill Covered BridgeKauffman's Distillery Covered BridgeKeller's Mill Covered BridgeKurtz's Mill Covered BridgeLandis Mill Covered BridgeLeaman's Place Covered BridgeLime Valley Covered BridgeMercer's Mill Covered BridgeNeff's Mill Covered BridgePine Grove Covered BridgePinetown Bushong's Covered BridgePool Forge Covered BridgeRed Run Covered BridgeSchenck's Mill Covered BridgeShearer's Mill Covered BridgeSiegrist's Mill Covered BridgeWeaver's Mill Covered BridgeWhite Rock Forge Covered BridgeWillow Hill Covered BridgeZook's Mill Covered Bridge
Map of the 29 existing covered bridges as of October, 2006 (clickable)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ McCain cites the length as 198 feet while the county's visitor's guide cites the length as 204 feet and the County Commissioners guide state that the length is 195 feet long.
  2. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-15-22/38-36-41". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08.


  • McCain, Dr. Roger A. "Pine Grove Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
  • "Pine Grove Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  • "The Covered Bridges of Lancaster County". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-11-09. Archived from the original on 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2006-07-07.

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