Schofield Ford Covered Bridge

Schofield Ford Covered BridgeCoordinates:

(GPS N40’ 14.65” W74’ 58.81” #2 )
(#PA-09-13)
Located near the Bucks County Community College in Tyler State Park, off of Swamp Rd.

Description:

This 1873 bridge was once privately owned and part of the 2,000 acre Tyler Estate known as “Indian Council Rock”. The Schofield Ford Covered Bridge is within the 1,688 acres which became Tyler State Park in 1974. Closed to traffic, it is still used as part of a bridle path.

Destroyed by arson in 1991. Schofield Ford was rebuilt through a community effort of more than 800 volunteers, and reopened September 6, 1997. The bridge, 164 ft long by 15 ft wide, was reconstructed on the old abutments and piers entirely of native Pennsylvania Hemlock and White Oak. This is the only bridge in Pennsylvania that has a queen post truss system supporting a Town Trusssystem. The queen post is attached everywhere it makes contact with a diagonal of the Town Truss with an oak trunnel (tree nail, or peg). The grey patina of the unpainted weathered wood is also unique for a Bucks County Covered Bridge.

Directions:

From Rt 413 turn right on the Newtown Bypass. Go north on Swamp Rd 1.6 mi pass Bucks County Community College. There is a sign forthe bridge on Swamp Road. Turn left, into a parking lot. On foot, follow the Covered Bridge Path downhill and turn left, walk the 0.25 mi to the bridge.