Covered Bridges of Central Chester County
Hayes Clark Bridge
Together the Mary Ann Pyle Bridge and Hayes Clark are called
the twin bridges. Both utilized Queenpost constructions and both are
located on the Laurel Reserve.
Mary Ann Pyle Bridge
This bridge is also known as Speakman Bridge #2. It is about 1/4 mile from Hayes Clark and is also in the
A couple of years later and some much needed maintenance that
included a new coat of paint. Between the new paint and the growth around it, it
is hard to believe that it's the same bridge.
Speakman's crosses Buck Run about one
and a half miles upstream of the Mary Ann Pyle Bridge.
Mercer's is one of two remaining bridges that cross the
Octoraro Creek. They both link Chester and Lancaster Counties. The
other bridge is Pine Grove (see Southern Chester Co).
Brandywine Creek (East Branch)
Harmony Hill or Gibson's Bridge
Of the 11 covered bridges that once crossed
the Brandywine this is the only one remaining.
This bridge has recently had some repairs and a new coat of
Marsh Creek Park
Larkin's is no longer in use. When Marsh Creek
reservoir was built, around 1972, this bridge was moved to an undeveloped part
of the park. It's original site is now 50-60 feet underwater. (The
rest of this paragraph is old information, see below.) The bridge is not in the best of shape and sits in an open field and is
overgrown with weeds. It crossing a very small creek that is often dry.
In 2006 Larkin's was "moved" once again.
"Moved" in quotes because it wasn't moved in tact but torn down and
rebuilt in a new location. It now sits outside a housing development, Byers
Station. But only a fraction of it's original timbers were used. See the Larkin
Page for pictures showing how the old timbers were integrated with new wood.
It's new location is now outside of Marsh Creek State Park at the intersection
of Station Blvd and Graphite Mine Rd. (From Rt 100 go to where you would turn
off to go to Marsh Creek SP. Instead of turning on Park Rd., turn the
other direction onto Station Blvd. Larkin's is up a block or so.)
To view pictures of bridges in other parts of Chester County
follow the following links.
Northeast Chester County
Southern Chester Co
Or use these to go back to
Chester County CB Landscape Home
|Hayes Clark Bridge
|Mary Ann Pyle
|Laurels Preserve* Parking Lot
|Gibson's (Harmony Hill)
Reserve is private property managed by the Brandywine