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020-0135 Bridge at Falling Creek

Bridge at Falling Creek
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 10/12/1995

NRHP Reference Number 95001171

The Bridge at Falling Creek is one of only twelve known masonry-arched turnpike bridges in Virginia. Its construction in 1823 as a component of the Manchester-Petersburg Turnpike illustrates one of the ways the citizens of the young republic of the United States approached the issue of meeting local transportation needs. Not only is the bridge a fine example of an infrequently-surviving bridge type for its period, but its preservation within an early Virginia Wayside on US Route 11301 represents the introduction of aesthetic amenities to regular highway design, as well as an appreciation for the importance of historic preservation in the developing tourism industry. The bridge is eligible under Criterion A in the area of Transportation for its association with the development of the major North-South travel corridor for the eastern seaboard and Criterion C in the area of Engineering as a fine example of an early-nineteenth century masonry-arched bridge.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 16, 2020