Ohio’s Ashtabula County has a slew of covered bridges. On the way to the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake John and I visited some. After we checked into the lovely Lodge we discovered that the hotel offers a tour of some of the covered bridges. Their tour is narrated/guided by Carl E. Feather, author of “Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County.” We had to make do with our driving tour map of the county’s covered bridges but it worked out just fine.
America’s Longest Covered Bridge is the Smolen-Gulf Bridge.
Not all covered bridges are old. The 613-foot long bridge 93 feet above the Ashtabula River on County Route 25 was dedicated in 2008. It has a life expectancy of 100 years. There is a great view of the bridge and countryside on the hill above
Several of the bridges are over 100 years old with some built in late
1800s. The Olin Bridge is the only one named for a family. The Olin’s have owned the property next to the bridge since it was built in 1873 and family members were instrumental in preserving the one-lane bridge which is in a
In the unique category we stopped at the Graham Road Bridge
which is on dry land in a small park. It was built from remnants of a bridge that washed downstream in the 1913 flood. While at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake I took their wine bus tour and it stopped at the Liberty Street Bridge and the Harpersfield Bridge which has a walkway. As we were leaving the area we got one last look at a covered bridge from the main highway.
The people of Ashtabula County understand the importance promoting what they have to offer for tourists. Many come for the wineries, Lake Erie ambiance, and covered bridges. To that point they have repaired, maintained and built new covered bridges upholding the concept of build it and they will come. Each year in October they have the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival.