Welcome to the Covered Bridge Country! On Saturday, August 4, Livingston Manor celebrates its famous Covered Bridges with a car caravan to the historic Bendo/Willowemoc Covered Bridge, the Beaverkill Bridge and the Vantran Bridge.
Meeting at WaterWheel Junction on Main Street at 10 a.m. the event is free and local historian, Fred Fries, will explain each bridge’s colorful background. Fred Fries, part of the Sullivan County Historical Society and contributor to many online articles, also is a participant in the Johnny Darling Frolic where he relates real life tales from the Manor’s historical storyteller.
The scenic beauty in the Town of Rockland is enhanced by three covered bridges. The Bendo (Willowemoc) Covered Bridge is now the location of the Covered Bridge Campsite located upstream of Old Route 17 and crossing the Willowemoc Creek. Although the bridge was rebuilt and, as a result, is not considered historical, its setting is truly picturesque.
The Beaverkill Covered Bridge built by John Davidson in 1865 is set on a slight curve in the road inviting both hiking, camping and fishing; it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The 1860 Mott/Vantran Bridge, also built by John Davidson, has some of the best trout fishing that can be found in the area as the bridge shades the water beneath keeping its the temperatures cooler. The plaque found near the bridge is also a credit to John Mott, Livingston Manor’s founder of the YMCA. The final stop at the Vantran Bridge is our picnic stop… bring your own or we can provide a great box lunch for $10.
For Reservations for the caravan or to order a box lunch: call Shirley Fulton at 845-439-3938.