Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge

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Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge
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Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge, May 2007
Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge is located in West Virginia
Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge
Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge is located in the United States
Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge
LocationEast of Martinsburg across Opequon Creek on Golf Course Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia
Coordinates39°26′42″N 77°55′40″W / 39.44500°N 77.92778°W / 39.44500; -77.92778Coordinates: 39°26′42″N 77°55′40″W / 39.44500°N 77.92778°W / 39.44500; -77.92778
Arealess than one acre
Built1832
ArchitectSilas Harry
Architectural styleStone Arch
NRHP reference No.77001373 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 22, 1977

Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge is a historic stone arch bridge located near Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Built by Pennsylvania builder Silas Harry, it was built in 1832, and is a three span bridge crossing Opequon Creek. It is 132 feet long and constructed of ashlar limestone. The center span measures 32 feet and the two side spans are each 29.5 feet long.[2][3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] A historic marker at the bridge says:

Named for the property owners this stone bridge built in 1832 across Opequon Creek was major improvement for travellers on Warm Springs Road connecting Alexandria and Bath Va., site of famous mineral waters. The Berkeley County Court established a commission to study and contract for construction of bridge. Silas Harry erected at local expense 165 foot bridge at reported cost of $3,700.

The bridge was replaced by a modern, two-lane bridge in 2016. The historic stone bridge remains as a pedestrian bridge.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ James E. Harding (October 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. ^ Chambers, S. Allen, Jr. Buildings of West Virginia. Oxford University Press. p. 532. ISBN 0-19-516548-9.
  4. ^ Cronk, Samantha (2014-01-09). "Residents conflicted over Van Metre Ford upgrade". The Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-19.