Per­rine’s Bridge part of ‘Cul­tural Her­itage Week’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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