The city of Philippi, WV was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War on June 3, 1861. Built in 1852, the city’s covered bridge was heavily utilized by both armies during the Civil War. During the battle, Union troops took control of the bridge on the Tygart Valley River and used it as a barracks.
Except for the loss of siding and roofing materials during the Civil War, the original design and shape of the bridge remained nearly intact until the late 1920s. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, it was severely damaged by fire in 1989. Fortunately it was fully restored to its 1861 appearance and reopened in 1991. This is one of the few covered bridges still in use as a part of the federal highway system.
The stone support in the middle of the river is original while the two concrete supports were added in modern times to support steel beams beneath the floor for heavier vehicles.
I had long wanted to visit the Philippi Covered Bridge and I finally got my chance last week. It was beautiful!
The structural arches appear to be original because they have been scorched by fire.
I highly encourage a visit to Philippi, WV if you're ever in the area. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these pics made by @Southern Unionist on our latest adventure.