Looking for History? Look no further than, well, Catawba County!
We took a trip down looking for a letterbox, but found out that this little bridge has some big history attached to it. It is one of only two original covered bridges remaining in North Carolina. It was built in 1895 by Andy Ramsour to cross Lyle’s Creek.
From the Catawba County Historical Society:
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge has significant associations not only with the Civil War, through Haupt, but also with the American Revolution. Of the Island Ford Road, on which the bridge rests, Dr. J. E. Hodges, President of the Catawba County Historical Association in the 1950s, writes in 1959 that following the Battle of Cowpens in 1781, General Morgan detached 531 British prisoners under guard of Colonel William Washington’s dragoons and Colonel Charles McDowell over the Island Ford Road. The men crossed Lyle’s Creek at the Bunker Hill Ford on their way to the Island Ford of the Catawba River, where they were received by the Commissary of Prisoners and conveyed to the interior of Virginia.
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