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Covered Bridges of Bucks County, PA

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

The Van Sandt Covered Bridge is also known as the Beaver Damn Bridge and is a historic covered bridge located in Solebury Township, on Covered Bridge Road in New Hope, Bucks County.

It was built in 1875 by G. Arndt and P. S. Naylor. They used the Town Truss construction. The bridge is 86 ft long and 15 ft wide and spans the Pidock Creek. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1980.

Legend claims that the bridge is haunted. A young woman got pregnant out of wedlock and her parents wanted nothing to do with her or her child. After giving birth, she snuck out of her house in the middle of the night and went to Van Sandt’s bridge. She threw her baby into the water and hung herself from the bridge rafters. Rumors have been spread that if you park your car in the middle of the bridge you will hear the scraping of the woman's toes on your car roof and the crying of the child. Thus this is how the bridge got its nickname of Crybaby bridge.

Stories have also been told that the Van Sandt bridge was once the stage for the hangings of convicted horse thieves.

Both are legends and have been passed down through generations. The only known fatality on the bridge was on April 3, 1918 when Edward C. Lewis and Charles Armstrong drove a seven-ton trailer onto the bridge and the floor collapsed. Mr. Armstrong died tangled in the wreckage while Mr. Lewis clung to the side of the bridge.

When we drove over the bridge and walked around it we didn’t hear any cries or scraping of toes.

Located at: 184 Covered Bridge Road, New Hope, PA 18938

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