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Rapps Covered Bridge (1866)

Rapps Covered Bridge (1866)

Phoenixville, Chester County [38-15-14]

Quick History

  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Built by Benjamin F. Hastman in 1866
  • Named for George Rapp, who ran the Snyder’s Mill in East Pikeland
  • Reconstructed in 1978 and 2011

Here again was an instance, where I had been over this bridge, many a times, while visiting a friend in that area and near gave it much thought.

I parked in the little lot to the right of the bridge, as you’re heading away from Phoenixville, and noticed a family of four, playing along the creek, enjoying the wonderful summer day.

Rapps Bridge (Main Sign) 065
Rapps Bridge (Main Sign) 065

Note – I did use Photoshop to make this read a little bit better…

From the Parking lot, I crossed the street, and setup to for this traditional long side shoot of the bridge.

Rapps Covered Bridge (Exterior Long View) 016
Rapps Covered Bridge (Exterior Long View) 016

Moving a little closer to capture some more detail of the construction.

The flow of the river has cut out the roots of a tree on the other side of the bridge, which can just be seen in this picture.

Rapps Covered Bridge (Side Detail) 028
Rapps Covered Bridge (Side Detail) 028

Then I walked under the bridge, and was captured by this view…

Rapps Covered Bridge (Underneath) HDR 043
Rapps Covered Bridge (Underneath) HDR 043

This was my first shoot taken under a covered bridge, and I have been doing them ever since!

- Andrew
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July 27th 2012 – Got a chance to revisit Rapps Damn Covered Bridge after the 2011 Reconstruction.

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By Andrew

A Father, Photographer and Computer Geek living in Chester County (PA).

My Photo Journal of images taken in Chester and Lancaster Counties, including Covered Bridges, Barns, Nature, Fine Art and Events. Images can also be found on and