Jersey Covered Bridges
World Guide Numbers
(WGN) are listed, when known. WGN assigned numbers are coded, such
as 46-03-01. The first two numbers are the assigned State number
in alphabetical order. The second two numbers represent the county
number, also in alphabetical order. The third pair of characters
or numbers is the bridge number. All non authentic bridges are numbered
under WGN with an alpha character in lieu of the last two digits, i.e.,
45-08-B (Vermont's New Village
non authentic Stringer Covered Bridge).
Covered Bridge (WGCB) numbers have been assigned by the National
Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges (NSPCB) are
referenced for all listed bridges. Assigned numbers are coded, such
as NH-05-12 or VT-115-a. The first two characters are the postal
abbreviations for the state (formerly digits starting at 01 represented
the state in alphabetical order). The second two digits represents
the county in alphabetical order starting at 01 for each state. The
third pair of characters represents the bridges place in the NSPCB tally
of that county's bridges, starting at 01 for authentic truss type bridges
or a letter for non authentic type bridges, an upper case letter for motor
vehicle bridges, and a lower case letter for footbridges.
New Jersey -
General information. New Jersey once had over two dozen covered bridges.
However, today with the exception of Green Sergeant's Bridge, these quaint
reminders of yesterday have vanished into history.
All of the State's
counties except Bergen, Monmouth, Atlantic, and Morris had at least one
covered bridge spanning a public highway. Some of the more memorable
This bridge in Crosswicks (Burlington County) over the Crosswick Creek
was near the scene of heavy fighting between British and Colonial Troops
during June 1778, when the English were moving through New Jersey on their
way to Sandy Hook. The bridge built in 1833, was adorned with eagles
and the United States Flag.
- Built in 1841 to cross Diving Creek in Cumberland County,
the bridge carried a warning that anyone traveling over it at a gait faster
than a walk would be fined $10.00. Cattle would often spend the night
inside the bridge.
This bridge spanned the Delaware River and linking Stockton and Centre
Bridge, Pennsylvania was first opened in 1814, and had to be rebuilt several
times until being destroyed by fire in 1923. When the Delaware was
flooded in 1841, George B. Fell of Lambertville was on the bridge when
it broke into two pieces. Fell climbed on top of the bridge and was
swept down the raging river. He passed underneath two other bridges
that collapsed seconds after he went by (New Hope and Yardleyville - now
Yardley), before struggling ashore at Trenton - just as the debris of the
other bridges came barreling past him.
- Located about one mile north of New Brunswick ) Middlesex County),
this was the first covered bridge in New Jersey. Built in 1772, it
was partially destroyed by the retreating Continental Army in 1776 to slow
the British pursuit of Washington's Troops.
- This bridge across the Raritan River was featured in a Ripley's "Believe
It or Not" segment in 1941 that claimed it was over 200 years old.
In reality, the bridge wasn't erected until 1820.