Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror


Saucks Covered Bridge, spanning Marsh Creek in Freedom, PA, was built in 1854 for approximately $1,500. It is 100 ft. long and 15 ft. wide and was constructed using oak and pine wood.

During the Civil War years of 1861-1865, soldiers used this bridge to move in and out of Gettysburg with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia retreating over this bridge after their defeat at Gettysburg.

It is owned by Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association and is currently only open to foot traffic.

According to Travel and Leisure, it is ranked #14 of America’s seventeen most beautiful covered bridges.

Saucks Covered Bridge is tucked away from the Battlefield itself but certainly worth the effort to visit. It is beautiful, and the feeling you get visualizing all those young boys and men walking across that bridge to engage or retreat just touches your soul.

As people in the US celebrate a three-day Labor Day weekend, may everyone travel and play safely and have a wonderful end to the summer season. 🙂

Linked to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Mirror.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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29 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

  1. joyroses13 says:

    Great picture! I hope you have a wonderful week-end to, even if not celebrating Labor Day 🙂

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  2. Perfect mirror in the water. Every winter, I wish all our local bridges were covered!

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    You couldn’t have chosen a more perfect subject for challenge. Love covered bridges and love photos capturing reflections. Win-win for me.

    Enjoy holiday weekend. We also don’t venture out in traffic madness.

    Hope weather systems brings your area some much needed rain…..ideally a nice soaking rain. 😊

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  4. germac4 says:

    Always lovely to get a snapshot of your world and some of the history of the region. I am imagining the young men walking across that bridge.

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  5. Joyce says:

    Just beautiful! Covered bridges fare better than old barns in being preserved. Both structures recall an America that put such heart and soul into growing itself. Wish we didn’t have a Civil War though. Or the reasons it was fought.

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Calm water is the best mirror ever! And what’s more beautiful and poignant than a scene like this, with so much history.

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  7. Oddment says:

    KerryCan’s “poignant” is the exact word. Thank you for this image, its relevance, and for your good wishes for the weekend. Hugging the hearth is indeed the best way to cope with traffic. A great weekend to you too!

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  8. reocochran says:

    Judy, the bridge is a perfect mirror image reflection! I love the beauty in covered bridge and this is at the top of my own list! I have not been here, but the ones I have seen along the way on my own road of life were none so pretty as this one. ❤
    The story of soldiers, including General Lee's troops retreating, would haunt the bridge within my senses, as I walked across it.

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    • Interesting that you used the word, haunt, because if you google the bridge and ghosts you will find some interesting articles. People have actually taken photos and then see things in them at home that they thought were ghosts. It sure makes you wonder.


  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    Only $1500 to build but I’m sure it costs many times that to maintain now.
    I’ve never actually seen a covered bridge but love seeing photos of them. They are so unique!

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  10. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beauty. When I first saw the photo, I was sure it was going to be from NH. I missed this when we toured Gettysburg. Maybe I should go back 🙂

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  11. love this take on ‘mirror’! 🙂

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  12. Grandma Kc says:

    That is a great image! A cool bridge with a wonderful history and I would love to see it someday but all of that aside – good photo!

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  13. Ingrid says:

    Covered bridges are so fun. Great photo!

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  14. Tina Schell says:

    Believe it or not Judy, I was there 40 years ago and your photo brought back a very fond memory! Beautifully captured!!

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  15. Bill says:

    Beautiful, and historical. I have some ancestors who tramped over that bridge.
    Looks like it would be a nice place for a picnic. 🙂

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  16. Beautiful – I love reflections in the water.

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  17. Mary says:

    Wow, it gets no better – awesome photograph Judy.

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  18. pbmgarden says:

    Wonder how this lovely bridge feels being relegated to #14? Terrific photo Judy. Have a great Labor Day.

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  19. Nadezda says:

    It’s a very nice bridge, Judy. I’m not surprised that it’s one of America’s beautiful covered bridges. Love this reflection in your photo!

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  20. joey says:

    That’s lovely 🙂
    I can’t wait til it’s Covered Bridge Festival time here.

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  21. A beautiful bridge and reflection, Judy. Hope you had a good day. We went for an early morning bike ride, managing to miss most of the crowds, although I could have done with less. Then at home, with friends coming in the afternoon. Lovely day.


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