Donate to the Perkasie Historical Society Covered Bridge Restoration Project
Perkasie’s historic covered bridge needs your help! Officially known as the South Perkasie Covered Bridge, it was built in 1832, making it Bucks County’s oldest covered bridge. In 1958, after 126 years, the bridge was scheduled for demolition to make way for a larger bridge to accommodate ever-bigger vehicles. However, the Perkasie community rallied around its old bridge. And the Perkasie Historical Society raised money for a daring project: moving the fragile structure to a new location in Lenape Park. Community funds paid for the bridge’s eight-day move from South Main Street to the Park; the success of the move temporarily put Perkasie in the national spotlight, with photographs of the bridge moving slowly through town. During its last 61 happy years in Lenape Park, the bridge has come to symbolize Perkasie. Unfortunately, today the bridge is showing its 187 years. It needs major repairs, both to the structure and its foundation. The Perkasie Historical Society, The Covered Bridge Society and Perkasie Borough are working together to rally the community resources needed for restoration. Please help by donating to this restoration project.
History of the South Perkaise Covered Bridge
The South Perkasie Covered Bridge was constructed in 1832 and is the oldest bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
It is commonly called the South Perkasie Bridge and earlier known as the Bridgetown Covered Bridge.
The Bridgeton Covered Bridge was built for use as a means of transportation across Pleasant Spring Creek.
The bridge is constructed of oak and white pine and is of towne lattice construction. The bridge is 93 feet long and was
covered to protect the wood from the elements. It was originally located on Main Street spanning the Pleasant Spring Creek.
The bridge was moved from it's original location to the park in 1958. It took eight days to move the bridge a distance of one mile.
The bridge bears the sign; "$5.00 fine for any person riding or driving over this bridge faster than a walk or smoking segars on.'