Covered bridges are fascinating whether they are rumored to be haunted or not. America's first covered bridge was built in 1804. Pennsylvania boasted 1500 covered bridges at its peak, today, Pennsylvania has 200 covered bridges, still the highest number in the states. In the swift evolving and ever-changing technological age we live in, covered bridges represent a simpler time and are very often revered as relics of the past by preservationists.
It's no wonder tales of haunting abound in legends surrounding covered bridges. Bridges are themselves, tools for crossing from one side to another. A covered bridge so easily harbors secrets within its walls, plus given that most if not all were built centuries ago, only lends to an air of nostalgia and probable ghostly activity.
|Stowe Hollow Bridge|
|Stow Bridge ghost pictures|
Stowe Hollow Bridge in Vermont, also known as "Emily's Bridge" or "Gold Brook Bridge," , was built in 1844. The locals call it Emily's Bridge because it is Emily, they believe, who haunt it. In 1849, Emily wanted to marry a man her family did not approve of. Though forbidden to marry, the couple decided to elope and met one night, on Stowe Hollow Bridge.
Emily waited for hours for her lover to join her. Broken-hearted, Emily hung herself from one of the rafters. Now, her angry, desperate ghost haunts the bridge, waiting for her fiance' to return to her. But many locals refuse to cross this bridge at night, because they believe it is Emily who shakes their cars, and sometimes, may even slash visitors with invisible claws. Tales of horses, people and cars being slashed by these invisible claws have run rampant for 150 years. Others have heard a woman weeping. Emily, perhaps?
|Sach's Covered Bridge|
|Concord Bridge side view|
|The Concord Covered Bridge|
|The Van Sant Covered Bridge|
|Jericho Covered Bridge|
|Jericho Bridge in the early days|
Glasgow, Kentucky. A covered bridge exists here where, legend says, is haunted by sounds of an axe hitting a chopping block. What's being chopped? A head, of course. In the 1800's, a slave kidnapped the daughter of his wealthy master and took her back to the covered bridge. He cut off her head with an axe. People say if you drive onto the bridge and roll down the car windows, you can hear the sound of the axe hitting the chopping block.
|The Colville Road Covered Bridge|