Harrisburg Covered Bridge

The Harrisburg Covered Bridge is located in Sevierville, Tennessee and crosses the East Fork of the Little Pigeon River.

The first iteration of the crossing was the McNutts Bridge which was demolished in a flood in 1875.1 In March of that year, the Sevier County Court appointed D.W. Howard, J.H. Frame and A.E. Murphy on a commission to oversee the construction of a new crossing.

Elbert Stephenson Early was hired to design and construct the bridge.1 Early was a local resident whose family constructed the nearby Murphy Chapel and several residences. The county contributed $25 towards the rebuilding effort while the community of Harrisburg provided an additional $50. Wood and labor was donated. The Queenpost pony truss was completed in late 1875.

In 1915, a new road was constructed that bypassed the covered bridge.1 The crossing was stabilized in 1952 when a concrete pier was constructed in the center of the truss.

The Harrisburg Covered Bridge was threatened with demolition in the 1970’s.1 The Great Smokies Chapter and the Spencer Clack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution came together to raise funds to repair and maintain the historic span and worked to get it listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The NRHP designation came in 1975.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1983 with a new wood deck and select timber beam replacement.1

  • Total Length: 83 feet
  • Main Span Length: 64 feet
  • Width: 14.1 feet
  • Width (deck): 11.4 feet
  1. “Harrisburg Covered Bridge.” Tennessee Lodging Guide. Image Builders, 2010. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.

One Reply to “Harrisburg Covered Bridge”

  1. “Harrisburg” sounds like the name of a village or community. I noticed when we visited the bridge (mid March 2016), that some of the signage indicates the orig. bridge was built in 1840. But all the homes in the area look to be of late 20th century/ early 21st century construction–NOTHING earlier than 1950’s. No old rural farm homes, ruins of barns or out buildings, or old country churches in the area. Was Harrisburg totally destroyed by the Civil War? If not, what happened to the mill and the community it served?

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