OUR COVERED BRIDGE
When is the last time you dined or celebrated a special event on a New England Covered Bridge? Your opportunity awaits in Shirley, MA., at The Bull Run Restaurant.
Built in 1971, our private Bull Run Covered Bridge spans the banks of the "Mighty Mulpus" Brook behind the restaurant. It was privately constructed by Shirley architect Eric Davis and is constructed of muscular Massachusetts Oak reinforced with steel I-beams underneath.
The Bridge is a perfect location to exchange wedding vows or celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Located just steps from our restaurant, we offer full meal and liquor service, plenty of free parking and the privacy of our country location.
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Our bridge is a replica of an Ithiel Town "Lattice Truss" design popular in the early 1800s. The "Town Lattice" bridge is recognizable as an uninterrupted series of closely spaced diagonal timbers. The web of overlapping triangles distributes the load equally thus relieving stress from any one part. Town's design was popularized by Eli Whitney and seen in many New England states. Whitney described Town's design as combining "the admirable qualities of strength, simplicity, lightness, economy and durability."
We commissioned the Bull Run Bridge to accommodate additional parking on either side of the Mighty Mulpus.
It also serves as a one-of-a-kind backdrop for many happy occasions. We regularly host wedding ceremonies, photo shoots, champagne fundraisers and private & public dinners and receptions on the bridge, not to mention annual "Bourbon on the Bridge" Tastings.
About that sign...
Above our bridge, you'll see a sign that reads:
THIS BRIDGE BUILT WITHOUT STATE
OR FEDERAL FUNDS.
At the time of completion, first generation Innkeeper Lee's best friend and brother-in-law Joe Ward was a prominent politician. Joe was working at the State House on issues connected to the Massachusetts Clean Water Act.
Lee maintained he didn't want anyone to think he received special treatment when building his own private bridge over what were then seen as troubled waters and both Lee and Joe regularly enjoyed pranking each other.
Lee had the sign painted to hang above the bridge entrance as an inside joke. Your current Innkeeper, Lee's daughter, keeps the sign up for sentimental reasons. For weddings on the bridge, we cover it with a custom made "Happily Ever After" sign. Otherwise, Lee's sign stays!