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Humpback Bridge

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1857; 1954 restored. Across Dunlap Creek at Rumsey Rd., 3 miles west of Covington
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
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  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Originally part of the James River and Kanawha Valley Turnpike, this structure is the last surviving curved-span covered wooden bridge in the nation and the oldest covered bridge in Virginia. With a one-hundred-and-twenty-foot span, the bridge is supported on stone abutments placed one hundred feet apart, but with no middle support. A slight arch in the truss supports, leaving the center point eight feet higher than the ends, gives the bridge its characteristic hump. A bowed gable roof, matching the arc of the bridge, shelters the weatherboarded structure. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic but accessible to pedestrians.

Writing Credits

Leslie Giles
Anne Carter Lee



  • 1857

  • 1954


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Leslie Giles, "Humpback Bridge", [Covington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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