James Mann Art Farm. Gallery of various subjects. Places I’ve been and things I’ve seen… with a few reconstructions. And the next day… it’s all history. Buildings, structures & landscape painting. Click an image below for a larger view of the original art.
Watercolor… plein air, August 22, 2015. Pine Creek Gorge, cutting through the Allegheny Mountain Plateau… also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, varies from 800 to 1,450 feet in depth along its 47-mile length. Located near Wellsboro, PA, the Gorge is bordered by the Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks and portions of… Read more »
Watercolor… color sketch (plein air) on site, July 9th, 2008.A quiet afternoon… sitting on a flat bank, in the shade, next to a burbling creek… painting… reminiscing… sipping a few beers with an old friend…
Watercolor… indoors, looking out… plein air from the kitchen window, 1984. I lived here for about 13 years. The Krupp Foundry, in the background, across a couple of once open fields and the railroad tracks, was demolished and declared a hazardous “Superfund” site in the early 1990’s. It is now a community park.
Watercolor… Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, Canada. I came upon this covered bridge during a 2016 road trip and know very little about it. Originally built in either 1905 or 1908, the Sawmill Covered Bridge, a 104 foot, Howe Truss design, carried what is now Route 114, across Sawmill Creek in Albert County, New Brunswick. A… Read more »
Watercolor… the 60-foot long, Loux Covered Bridge, originally called John A. Loux’s Cabin Run Bridge, was either built in 1874 by David Sutton, or rebuilt by Sutton in 1913, to get across the Cabin Run Creek, which separates the Townships of Bedminster and Plumstead in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is a Towne Truss design and… Read more »
Watercolor… also known as the Iron Hill Bridge, the 81-foot, Town Truss, Pine Valley Bridge was built by David Sutton in 1842. Crossing Pine Run Creek, in New Britain Borough, it is the 2nd oldest covered bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Pine Valley Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in… Read more »
Watercolor… the 130-foot long, Frankenfield Covered Bridge, originally named Hillpot’s Bridge, is credited as being built by David Sutton in 1872. It is of a Town Lattice Truss design, spanning the Tinicum Creek in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This bridge is cataloged as a double span structure due to it’s midway support pier. The… Read more »
Watercolor… Cabin Run Covered Bridge, built 1871, crosses the Cabin Run Creek in Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This Town lattice truss bridge is 82-feet long and contains a few, rather interesting and not completely common details, that I have not found all together on any one Bucks County Bridge previously. Each of the portal… Read more »
Watercolor… Perkasie, Bucks County. What is known today as the South Perkasie Covered Bridge, was constructed with County money in 1832, extending Benjamin’s Road across the Pleasant Spring Creek. It is the second bridge built across this creek and the given name, “South Perkasie” wasn’t in use until the village of Bridgetown (Benjamin) was incorporated,… Read more »
Watercolor… Sheard’s Mill Covered Bridge, also known as Clymer’s Covered Bridge or the Thatcher Covered Bridge, was built in 1873, on what is now called (oddly enough)… Covered Bridge Road, near the village of Thatcher. The bridge spans 130 feet over the Tohickon Creek, connecting Haycock and East Rockhill Townships in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania…… Read more »
Watercolor… One fine Spring morning in 2021. This 170-foot long, historically accurate, reproduction Town lattice through truss bridge, was built in 1997 after the original 1873 Schofield Ford Covered Bridge (Twining Ford Bridge) was burned to the deck and destroyed by arsonists in 1991. Resulting in the Schofield Bridge’s subsequent removal from it’s earlier, 1980… Read more »
Watercolor… The 56-foot long Erwinna Covered Bridge was built in the 1850s across Lodi Creek, on the Bucks County tract of Colonel Arthur Erwin, who had purchased 1,568 acres of good Pennsylvania land at public sale in 1769. This covered bridge, on Geigel Hill Road, has taken a few hits over the last half century… Read more »
Watercolor… Also known as Knecht’s Mill Covered Bridge or Slifer’s Bridge, this 110-foot long, Town Lattice Truss bridge crosses Cooks Creek (also known as as Scooks Creek and Durham Creek) in Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1873 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Watercolor… The 101-foot long, Town lattice truss, Uhlerstown Covered Bridge was built in 1855-56, spanning the Delaware Canal at Lock 18 in the village of Uhlerstown (formerly called, Mexico), Bucks County. It is extremely well preserved, although steel support beams were added below the deck in 1985. The canal towpath, extending roughly 60-miles between Easton… Read more »
Watercolor… the Van Sandt Covered Bridge, sometimes spelled as the Van Sant Bridge, or known as Van Sant’s Farm Bridge, or Beaver Dam Bridge, is an 86-foot, Town truss span across the Pidcock Creek in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1875 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Viewed late… Read more »
Watercolor… At 170 feet, the Colemanville Covered Bridge is the 2nd longest covered bridge in Lancaster County. Located in Martic Township, this double Burr arch truss bridge, is also known as the Martic Forge Covered Bridge and Pequea Bridge #12. It was originally erected across Pequea Creek in 1856 by James Carpenter. The bridge was… Read more »
Watercolor… Lime Valley Covered Bridge, also known as the Strasburg Covered Bridge and Pequea Bridge #8, was built in 1871 by either Joseph Cramer or Elias McMellen. It is a Burr arch-truss construction of 103 feet in length, spanning Pequea Creek on Breneman Road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Lime Valley Covered Bridge was added… Read more »
Watercolor… Ephrata, Lancaster County. The Keller’s Mill Covered Bridge has had a hard life. Also known as Guy Bard’s Covered bridge and the John W. Rettew’s Mill Covered Bridge… this span was originally built by Elias McMellen in 1873 as a 74 footer, using a Double Burr Arch Truss design… and got washed away in 1891. It… Read more »
Watercolor… Manheim Township, Lancaster County. Built by John Russell in 1843, Hunsecker’s Covered Bridge, stretching out at 180-feet in length… is the longest covered bridge in Lancaster County… carrying Hunsecker Road over the Conestoga Creek. It is a Double Burr Arch Truss design that has been lifted and swept downstream by flood waters many times…… Read more »
Watercolor… New Holland, Lancaster County. Also known as Oberholtzer’s Mill Covered Bridge, the 107 foot long, Red Run Bridge has been replaced by a utilitarian concrete structure, spanning Muddy Creek. This bridge faces, the now extended, Martin Church Road. Contrary to the usual method of salvaging and relocating an obsolete and historic bridge… both Red… Read more »