Rose Rodgers, Butler, PA, and her winning quilt at Schrader’s Fabrics in Johnstown, PA. 2015
Kissing Bridges? What?
You know– covered bridges. But kissing bridges is so much more fun. So we call them kissing bridges here in the studio and Row by Row Experience™ fans are in love with them!
Actually, kissing bridges is an authentic nickname for covered bridges. The privacy of the enclosed structure is perfect for a little smooch. It also provides protection from the weather keeping the supporting timbers dry so they last longer. The long, horizontal structure of a covered bridge is perfect for a row pattern too!
Covered bridge facts from the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges:
- First covered bridge was built in Philadelphia in 1805.
- Oldest US covered bridge still standing: Hyde Hall Bridge in Glimmerglass State Park near Cooperstown, New York. It was built in 1825. Ahhh…Glimmerglass. How rowmantic!
- State with the most covered bridges: Pennsylvania, 213. Ohio is second, 148.
- County with the most covered bridges: Parke County, Indiana, 31.
- Covered bridges can be found in 26 states.
- The longest covered bridge in the world is the Hartland Bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada.
Covered bridge facts from Row by Row Experience™:
- We have a participating quilt shop near just about every covered bridge in the US.
- Pennsylvania had a record five shops with covered bridge rows in 2015. Find a list here.
At The Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA, this summer it was a kissing bridge love affair! A covered bridge row pattern, a shop display with a miniature covered bridge, a class scheduled to make their row, and a stunning book, Bridges of Lancaster County, filled with glorious covered bridge photographs as their bonus prize.
Relive the whole experience here! Let us know where your favorite kissing bridge is.