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Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge

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1832, Silas Harry. Berkeley County 36 (East Burke St., extended), 2.1 miles east of Martinsburg, across the Opequon Creek
  • Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge (National Register of Historic Places, Walter Smalling, Jr.)

Silas Harry, a Pennsylvania bridge builder, contracted with the Berkeley County court to build this three-arched limestone bridge. Earlier, travelers on the Warm Springs Road, then the county's major east-west artery, had to ford Opequon Creek. Harry obviously built well. Now one of the state's oldest bridges, it still carries traffic and has survived almost unchanged since James Taylor sketched it in 1864. The bridge is 165 feet long and has a shallow rise in the center.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Van Metre Ford Stone Bridge", [Martinsburg, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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