The Fletcher Bridge

Fletcher Covered Bridge

Fletcher Covered Bridge

Interior detail, Fletcher Bridge

Interior detail, Fletcher Bridge

Interior, Fletcher Bridge

Interior, Fletcher Bridge

Having visited two covered bridges in Barbour County — the Philippi Covered Bridge, visited on purpose, and the Carrollton Covered Bridge, visited nearly by accident (we had just discovered that it was there) — we learned from a list of West Virginia covered bridges (and another list I found later) that there are covered bridges in Harrison County, not far from home.

The Fletcher Covered Bridge crosses Tenmile Creek several miles west of Clarksburg, at Marshville Road. Built in 1891 and only 58 feet long, it is both newer and smaller than either the bridge at Philippi or that at Carrollton. The Fletcher bridge was restored a few years ago, and remains in daily use, serving a small county road that winds around a hill to the west of the bridge. We decided not to explore this road further that day — perhaps it will be another afternoon’s drive.

I don’t know how much timber in this bridge was replaced during its restoration, but it seems clear from the appearance of many of the interior supporting beams and from graffiti on the inside wall that not all of it is new.

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