Near Newtown Square in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—The last remaining covered bridge in Delaware County, PA —
Built by Ferdinand Wood
Designed that the portals be
“Hi and wide as a load of hay”
Cost shared by Delaware and Chester Counties
Named for Mordecai Bartram
Erected by Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society.
Location. 39° 59.392′ N, 75° 26.223′ W. Marker is near Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of Goshen Road and Boot Road, on the left when traveling west on Goshen Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newtown Square PA 19073, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel Williamson House (approx. 1½ miles away); Square Inn (approx. 1.6 miles away); Okehocking Land Grant (approx. 2.3 miles away); Okehocking Indian Town (approx. 2.8 miles away); St. David's Church (approx. 3 miles away); Thomas Moore House (approx. 3 miles away); Historic Waynesborough (approx. 3½ miles away); Culbertson House (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown Square.
Also see . . .
1. Bartram Covered Bridge ~ Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Newtown Square Website. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Burr Truss ~ Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
1. Bartram's, the last covered bridge in Delaware County, PA
The Bartram Covered Bridge spans the county line between Delaware and Chester Counties over Crum Creek near the intersection of Goshen and Boot Roads. It is the last covered bridge remaining in Delaware County, a county which at one time had over 30 covered bridges. This bridge has unique slanted plank portals, and is the only bridge in the state of Pennsylvania with this unusual design.
It was built in 1860 by Ferdinand Wood, who designed the portals to be “Hi and Wide as a Load of Hay,” Bartram Bridge is 80 feet long and is 13 feet wide. The original cost of $1,133 to build the bridge was shared by both Delaware and Chester Counties. It is named for Mordecai Bartram, an adjacent landowner. The bridge design, was pioneered by Theodore Burr, and it features the Burr Truss, commonly found in Pennsylvania covered bridges of the time.
— Submitted December 22, 2015, by
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 14, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.