Saturday, September 21: After leaving Emmitsburg, Maryland with directions in hand from the owner of the Holy Grounds Cafe, I follow a number of country roads in search of some covered bridges. To my surprise, I cross over the Mason-Dixon line into Pennsylvania.
I pass a number of barns along the way.
The Sachs Covered Bridge is just over the Pennsylvania line. It was built in 1852 by David S. Stone and is a lattice-truss bridge that extends 100 feet across Marsh Creek. The bridge was also known as the Sauches Covered Bridge at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. It sits in the Gettysburg National Military Park and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
During the American Civil War, both the Union and Confederate Armies used the bridge in the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath (1863).
The bridge was closed to automobiles in 1968. In 1996, it was damaged by floods but it was restored by Adams County as a scenic bridge.
I never find the second covered bridge that I’ve heard about. After this little dip into Pennsylvania, I head south as the skies that have been threatening all morning open up. All I see through the rest of my drive home are my windshield wipers and sheets of rain all around.