Covered Bridges of Georgia
Built near rivers for power, mills needed reliable transportation not only to ship their product to market, but to get farmers to the mill with grain. Ferries, the original means of crossing fast-flowing rivers, would frequently shut down for days after a heavy rain. Wooden bridges were the logical choice because of the harsh American weather (cold winters, hot summers) was a stone mason's nightmare. It was not long before early builders learned that the timbers rotted quickly when not covered. Covered bridges originated in the northeast, but the concept spread quickly to the South. Most famous of the Southern covered bridge builders was Horace King, a slave who became a freeman before the War (Between the States, that is). While no bridges built by King remain in Georgia, his son W. W. King does have his work preserved.
Poole's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge across Settindown Creek

Watson Mill Bridge State Park
Park whose centerpiece is a covered bridge built in 1895

Elder's Mill Covered Bridge
Town Lattice Covered Bridge built in 1897

Euharlee Covered Bridge (also called the Lowry Covered Bridge)
19th century Covered Bridge

Stovall Bridge
Covered Bridge on the road to Clayton

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