Artists, photographers, and historians love to visit Everett Covered Bridge, which crosses Furnace Run, as it is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County.
The bridge played an important role in the 19th-century transportation system enabling merchants to access the Ohio & Erie Canal from beyond the river when creek crossings posed a challenge for early settlers. In fact, local lore describes how the Everett Covered Bridge came into existence. It is said that John Gilson lost his life one winter’s night in 1877 when trying to cross the Furnace Run Creek after visiting friends with his wife. A winter storm had caused the waters to rise, and John Gilson lost his footing, fell into the icy creek, and wasn’t found for days.
In the 19th century, Everett Covered Bridge was one of over 2,000 in Ohio, making it the number one state in covered-bridge construction whose support comes from a framework of beams. The builders of Everett Covered Bridge used a truss pattern patented by Robert W. Smith of Tipp City, Ohio, in 1867.
Everett Covered Bridge was repaired at after major damage caused by the 1913 flood and then again, after being hit by a truck in 1970. In 1975, rushing water from a spring storm lifted the bridge from its sandstone abutments; however, local citizens began raising funds to rebuild the bridge. School children, local citizens, private organization, and governmental agencies all joined hands to secure funds for the historically accurate reconstruction, completed by the National Park Service in 1986.
One of the Top 10 Sites for Photography
In 2006 the National Park Foundation, an organization that supports the NPS, included Everett Covered Bridge on its list of top ten places for photography on public lands. Here are some tips for photographing the bridge:
- Give the photograph depth by including a focal point in the foreground. Some of the best photographs of Everett Covered Bridge emphasize the rocks and water of Furnace Run in front of the bridge. If you go a little further downstream in the creek bed, you can include small cascades in the foreground.
- Time of day is a key factor for successful images due to variation in light. The light is best for photography looking upstream at the bridge in the morning and downstream in the afternoon and evening. The quality of light is best early and late in the day. For morning photography, any time between sunrise and 10 a.m. is good; for afternoon photography, try after 4 p.m.
- A fun photograph is the kissing shot. You can shoot through the bridge to a couple embracing just beyond the bridge. If you try it, make sure you set your exposure for the outside light where the couple is standing, not the darker interior of the bridge.