At one time, hundreds of covered bridges dotted the northeast Ohio countryside. A popular construction in 18th century Connecticut, the early settlers of the (Connecticut)Western Reserve brought this unique and charming architecture with them from New England. Today, fewer than 50 of these bridges exist, with the largest concentration being in Ashtabula County, an hour's drive east of downtown Cleveland.
Ashtabula County has seventeen excellent examples of original, restored, and replicas of 19th century covered bridges in a variety of constructions. All can be viewed by driving along the county's charming country roads. You can get a driving map and more history of the bridges from the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Committee.
Ashtabula County celebrates their covered bridges each autumn with the Covered Bridge Festival, held the 2nd full weekend of October each year. The festival, held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, features crafts, official covered bridge souvenirs, a quilt show, contests, a parade, food, and lots more.
Join me for a look at nine of the best examples of these gracious bridges.