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“A landmark of historical importance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Philippi bridge

Philippi bridge
U.S. 250, Philippi, WV
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Philippi
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: The oldest covered bridge left in West Virginia.
McAlester, Oklahoma
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A landmark of historical importance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Stopped by the covered bridge in Philippi today and learned quite a bit of history. Longest covered bridge in West Virginia, the only covered bridge in the US in use and as part of a state highway. The area is a beautiful slice of the state. Enjoyed the historical information posted, the flags, the beautiful river. Glad we made the effort to see the bridge and the town.

Visited August 2014
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Victoria, Texas, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Very pretty setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Very pretty setting in small town was filled with unexacting amount of history. Even had small waterfall nearby!!

Visited June 2014
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Centerville, Ohio
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“Neat History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is the longest covered bridge in West Virginia, and is a source of local pride.

The bridge was used on 3 June 1861 by both Union and Confederate troops after the Battle of Philippi Races, by some reckonings the first land battle of the American Civil War. The bridge was the first to be captured in the war by either side and was used for a time as a barracks by the victorious Union troops.

In 1861, Philippi was part of Virginia, and it was not until June 1863 that West Virginia became a state.

My relatives were both Union and Confederate soldiers and officers.

Visited February 2014
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Canton, Ohio
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This wasn't the most attractive covered bridge I've ever seen, but it was only a small detour off of our route. It was interesting to read the signposts about the Civil War battle fought at that location. Worth a stop, but not a destination by itself.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“If you have nothing else to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

It was interesting. If you have gone through one covered bridge all the rest are the same. This one was very sturdy. Not sure if it was worth the drive.

Visited August 2013
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