Sachs Covered Bridge

Located in in Adams County, Pennsylvania, the Sachs Covered Bridge was constructed in 1852 by David S. Stoner for $1,544. The lattice-truss is 100 feet in length and crosses a small impoundment of Marsh Creek.1


During the Civil War, specifically the Battle of Gettysburg, both Union and Confederate troops used the bridge – then referred to as the Sauches Covered Bridge.1 2 On July 1, 1863, the bridge was crossed by two brigades of the I Corps of the Union heading towards Gettysburg, and the III Corps crossed the span towards the Black Horse Tavern.2 Four days later, a majority of General Robert Lee’s Confederate troops crossed over the bridge after a Union victory in the battle.

The Sachs bridge was designated as the state’s “most historic bridge” in 1938 by the state Bureau of Public Transportation. In 1960, plans surfaced to replace the crossing with a modern two-lane bridge.3 On May 9, 1968, Cumberland Township opted to close the bridge to automobile traffic and reopen it to pedestrians.1 4 5 The span was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1980.2

The Sachs Covered Bridge suffered flash flood damage on June 19, 1996 and was knocked off of an abutment.6 While the Sachs Covered Bridge was undergoing a $500,000 restoration project, another $100,000 was raised to cover damage costs.7 It was rededicated on July 21, 1997.8

  • Total Length: 100 feet
  • Width: 15.4 feet
  1. Roadside marker.
  2. “National Register Information System.” National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 4 Oct. 2011. Article.
  3. “Changes coming at pumping station.” The Gettysburg Times 20 Dec. 1960: 1. Google News. Web. 28 Nov. 2011.Article.
  4. “Historic bridge to close.” The Gettysburg Times 10 May 1968: 1. Google News. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. Article.
  5. Pitzer, Scott A. “Municipal officials mull renovations to parking area at Sachs Covered Bridge.” The Gettysburg Times 21 June 2006: A2. Google News. Web. 28 Nov. 2011.Article.
  6. Major, Matthew. “Floods pounds Gettysburg.” The Gettysburg Times 20 June 1996: A1. Google News. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. Article.
  7. “Bridge restoration continues.” The Gettysburg Times 24 June 1996: A3. Google News. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. Article.
  8. Loski, Diana. “Gettysburg’s Historic Bridge.” Battle LinesSpring 2010: n. pag. Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. Article.

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