The location for our meetings in 2022 has been changed.  Starting March 2022 we will meet at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 340 Locust St. in Columbia, PA 17512. (This is not the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manheim, PA where we met in 2020.)

Please see schedule page for changes.      

Rupert Bridge in Columbia County (PA-19-33)

Summer photo by Michael W. Chorazy

Rupert

Rupert Bridge crosses Fishing Creek at a length of 185 feet.  It is the longest of all 20 covered bridges in Columbia County and 3 shared by Columbia and Northumberland counties.  Rupert Bridge sports a Burr truss and was built in 1847. 

Residing in Montour Township near Bloomsburg, Rupert Bridge is a favorite location for many photographers of covered bridges.   

 The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity Organization.

The purpose of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. is to promote interest and active participation in the preservation and restoration of the remaining historic covered bridges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., generally meets the first Sunday of each month except in January and February when there is no meeting. (If a major holiday interferes, the meeting is normally held the following Sunday.) About six of the meetings are held at St. Paul Episcopal Chruch, 340 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512 starting at 2 p.m.  The remaining meetings are held at various locations as listed in the Society's newsletters and on this website. See our schedule page for more information.

Membership includes the Society's publications. Effective with 2021-2022 membership, our magazine, WOODEN COVERED SPANS,  is issued once a year. Our newsletter, PENNSYLVANIA CROSSINGS, is issued three times a year in a black and white hard copy version and an electronic color edition. Publications are not available without membership. (Click on the publication links in this paragraph to view a sample edition of our magazine and newsletter.)

Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. Annual dues are $15.00 for an individual, $20.00 for a couple at the same address and $20.00 for a business or corporate membership. A paid life membership is available for $250.00. Life membership for a couple at the same address is $300.00 and $125 for any additional family members.

Each year the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., plans a Covered Bridge Safari. A covered bridge safari is when a group of covered bridge enthusiasts caravan to covered bridges in a particular county or geographic area. 

Each year the Governor signs a proclamation to encourage all Pennsylvanians to visit covered bridges. "See Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges" Week begins the first Saturday after the first Sunday in May, to and including the third Sunday of May.

Quarterly photo (as shown above) for submission by Society members only.  Please submit Pennsylvania covered bridge digital photos to jbsmedley@comcast.net.

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