May 2006

Adams County OH - Harshaville Covered Bridge

6101 Graces Run Rd
Winchester, OH 45697

We continued north on OH136 from the Kirker Bridge.  OH136 is a nice road, a little straight but offers some rolling hills and a few turns.  At Cherry Fork we turned right and headed east on OH137.  Within about five miles we turned right again on Graces Run, crossed over OH247 and within 3 miles we were at the Harshaville Bridge.  The Harshaville Covered Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge still in use today by cars as well as horse drawn wagons in Adams County.  It was built before the Civil War, in 1855.  In July of 1863, Confederate Calvary General John Morgan led more than 2500 of his troops on a raid through Ohio.  When the raiders passed through this section of the county during the Civil War, they actually crossed this very bridge. It is said this is one of the few bridges not burned after they crossed.  It spans Cherry Creek covering 110'.  It is multiple king post truss design that used to be a single span but now has two sets concrete piers to help hold the span.  

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