Indiana has a few treasured covered bridges left from days past.
A covered bridge is exactly what is sounds like: a bridge that is "covered" with a protective shelter. At the time that Indiana was becoming developed and industrialized (early 1800s), bridges were all made from wood. An uncovered bridge would become bad, and therefore dangerous, from exposure to rain, snow, winds, etc. An uncovered bridge would become dangerous in as little as 5 - 15 years. But a covered bridge would last much longer. Those that are still surviving today (preserved, not used) are a treasure.
Originally it was estimated that Indiana had over 400 covered bridges!
Now there are only about 90 of them. And one of those 90+ is right here in our own backyard!
This weekend the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival gives you a look into the past with an opportunity to see the covered bridge (just 20 minutes north of Muncie) and to experience real "Hoosier" culture.
There will be live music, vendors selling crafts, antiques, food, etc. and games for kids and adults alike.
For more information, visit the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival.