Ackley Covered Bridge

Summary

In addition to lending some charm, covering a bridge protects its wooden truss work from weather, extending the structure's service life. Joshua Ackley and Daniel Clouse built the Ackley Covered Bridge in 1832, across Wheeling Creek in southwestern Pennsylvania. Henry Ford acquired the bridge in 1937, when it was scheduled to be torn down, and moved it to Greenfield Village.

In addition to lending some charm, covering a bridge protects its wooden truss work from weather, extending the structure's service life. Joshua Ackley and Daniel Clouse built the Ackley Covered Bridge in 1832, across Wheeling Creek in southwestern Pennsylvania. Henry Ford acquired the bridge in 1937, when it was scheduled to be torn down, and moved it to Greenfield Village.

Artifact

Covered bridge

Date Made

1832

Subject Date

1832

Creators

Ackley, Joshua, 1804-1881 

Clouse, Daniel, 1811-1895 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, West Finley 

Creator Notes

Built on Wheeling Creek near West Finley, Pennsylvania by foreman Daniel Clouse with materials from the farm of Joshua Ackley.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Porches and Parlors District

Object ID

37.799.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Elizabeth L. Evans.

Material

Oak (Wood)
Wood (Plant material)
Stone (Worked rock)

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