What a treat we were invited to last week with friends! We spent a wonderful day exploring the back roads of Indiana while we enjoyed the Covered Bridge Festival. People come from all over the country, and I hear the world, to gaze upon these buildings. “Why?” I wondered. They are beautiful, but there is more. When you come out of a long gravel road in the woods and are impressed with the solitary structure, time stops. The water still runs underneath them. Each bridge similar, but with a different vibe.
The world is quiet, except for the sounds of nature. It is easy to imagine the men working to build these solid and useful bridges. They were integral to their lives. History happened here. Included in the everyday lives of those who were forced to leave. Those who determined to stay. Those who fled the brutal masters of the South. You can lose yourself imagining those happenings around each curve.
The wood that supports each car or footstep is worn and still bears strength. How much work has been invested to maintain these living history monuments? It is worth the effort. For more information about visiting Parke County visit http://www.coveredbridges.com/