Perrine’s Bridge part of ‘Cultural Heritage Week’
As part of Ulster County’s “Cultural Heritage Week,” the New York State Covered Bridge Society is encouraging people to visit Perrine’s Covered Bridge on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The bridge is located on state Route 213 in Rifton.
Perrine’s Covered Bridge is the longest existing Burr arch covered bridge in New York state. Constructed in 1844 to span the Wallkill River between Esopus and Rosendale, it is the second oldest covered bridge in the state after Hyde Hall Covered Bridge in Otsego County that was built in 1825.
Perrine’s Covered Bridge is a 154-foot long, single span timber structure using a truss system patented in 1817 by Theodore Burr of Torringford, Conn.
The truss comprises a relatively simple Kingpost truss that is augmented with an arch that helps stabilize the structure.
The bridge is named for French Huguenot immigrant James W. Perrine.