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Stone Gables Makes Progress on Moving Covered Bridge There

LNP photo by Blaine Shahan

The Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge is being moved to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown as part of DAS Companies Inc.’s stewardship outreach to save and preserve Lancaster County’s historic architectural treasures.

All hurdles have been overcome and now the 210-ton crane arrived Tuesday, Sept. 4, to sure up the structure which was almost lost in the last two floods this past month. Everything, including the lime stone abutments, are being removed and reused in the reconstruction of both sections of the double pour arch bridge.

One section will be used and rebuilt to its original grandeur for horse and carriage, hitch wagons and modern traffic crossing over the creek. The other section

will be rebuilt to cross the creek at another point for a full-sized replica of an 1860s 440 Steam Locomotive and passenger cars.

People from all over the world will once again be able to experience the master craftsmanship of the Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge in two distinct applications. The first half will be completed by March 30, 2019, with the second half being completed about 3 years later.

Our opening to the public will be April 22, 2019 with the reenactment of the, Lincoln Funeral Train passing by the Herr’s Mill Covered bridge. Those who want more information may visit TheStarBarn.com.

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