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Leaman's Place Covered Bridge

Coordinates: 40°00′43″N 76°06′28″W / 40.0120°N 76.1078°W / 40.0120; -76.1078
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Leaman's Place Covered Bridge
Coordinates40°00′43″N 76°06′28″W / 40.0120°N 76.1078°W / 40.0120; -76.1078
LocaleLancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Official namePequea #4 Bridge
Designsingle span, double Burr arch truss
Total length113 feet (34.4 m)
Constructed byJames C. Carpenter
Construction start1845

The Leaman's Place Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #4 Bridge.[1] The bridge is also known as Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge and Paradise Bridge.

The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks.[1] It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-20. Added in 1980, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003519.[2] It is located on the boundary between Paradise and Leacock townships[3] at 40°0′43.2″N 76°6′28.2″W / 40.012000°N 76.107833°W / 40.012000; -76.107833 (40.01200, -76.10783). It is found 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north of U.S. Route 30 on Belmont Road to the west of Paradise.[4][5]


The land that the Leaman's Place Covered Bridge is situated on was settled by the family of Mary Ferree in 1712, a land grant by William Penn in an area inhabited by the Pequaws Indians. It was not until 1845 that James C. Carpenter built the covered bridge across the Pequea Creek at a cost of $933. In 1893,Note: [6] Elias McMellan rebuilt the covered bridge at a cost of $2,431.[3][7] The bridge was rehabilitated in 2004.[4]



  • Length: 102 feet (31.1 m) span and 113 feet (34 m) total length[3]
  • Width: 15 feet (4.6 m) Note:[8]
  • Overhead clearance: 11 feet 6 inches (3.51 m)
  • Underclearance: 13 feet (4.0 m)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Leaman's Place Covered Bridge". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-10-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  2. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. ^ a b c Dr. Roger A. McCain. "Leaman Place Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
  4. ^ a b Bickel, Hank (2005-06-23). "Eshelman's Mill / Paradise Bridge". Covered Bridges of the Northeast USA. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  5. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-36-20". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
  6. ^ Note: Bickel, McCain, and the Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center list the rebuilt date of 1893. Travis lists a date of 1894.
  7. ^ "Eshleman's Mill Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  8. ^ Note: The official government source lists 15 feet of clear deck width. Both Bickel and McCain list the total width as 15 feet. It is not clear which is correct.