OUR COVERED BRIDGE
Built in 1971, our Bull Run Covered Bridge spans the banks of the "Mighty Mulpus" Brook behind the restaurant. It was privately constructed by a Shirley architect and is made of muscular Massachusetts Oak reinforced with steel
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 dinners on the bridge.
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 in Boston working on issues connected to the Massachusetts Clean Water Act. Lee maintained he didn't want anyone to think he received special treatment in building his own private bridge over what were then seen as troubled waters. But those of us who knew both Lee and Joe agree that the two 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. If you're planning a wedding on the bridge, we have decor to cover it. Otherwise, the sign stays!
To inquire about renting out our Covered Bridge, please contact us HERE.
To see a photo gallery of events on our Covered Bridge, please click HERE.