You’re invited to a birthday party for the Covered Bridge
Published 1:44 pm Thursday, February 10, 2022
A 140th birthday celebration is being planned for Elizabethton’s Historic Covered Bridge from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25.
The birthday party is being thrown by the Elizabethton Parks & Recreation Department, the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, and Main Street Elizabethton.
The birthday celebration will take place at the Covered Bridge Park and will feature balloons, bounce houses, a magician, and photo opportunities.
The event is free and open to the public.
The historic bridge, which connects the east and west banks of the Doe River at Hattie Avenue, is one of the most familiar landmarks in the city.
Built in 1882, the bridge has seen Elizabethton grow from a small agricultural village to an industrial town in the early part of the 1900s, to now a business center. It has withstood floods, time, and motor vehicles. If it could talk, the bridge dubbed the “Queen of the Doe” could tell many amusing and historical tales. Among those stories might be that of the peddler in the horse-drawn wagon, the doctor on horseback, the bootlegger peddling his whiskey in the dark of the night, sweethearts kissing inside the bridge and carving their initials on its woods, baptizings in the chilly Doe below the bridge, and young boys fishing beneath it.
Today, the bridge is a town landmark, and a very popular tourist attraction. On any given day it provides a beautiful picture while photographing or painting.