Wrightsville

309 Locust St., Wrightsville, PA 17368-1221 GET DIRECTIONS
Local: 717-252-4117
Wrightsville is a borough in York County. According to a plaque at Sam S. Lewis State Park, which overlooks Wrightsville and the Susquehanna River, Wrightsville was George Washington's first choice as location of the Capital of the United States. The world's longest covered bridge (5,960 feet) once spanned the Susquehanna from Wrightsville to neighboring Columbia in Lancaster County. Built in 1814, it was destroyed by high water and ice in 1832. A replacement bridge was burned in June of 1863 by state militia during the Gettysburg Campaign in the American Civil War. Confederate troops under John Brown Gordon formed a bucket brigade to save the town from fire. Yet another replacement covered bridge was destroyed by a windstorm a few years later. The final bridge, the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, was a steel open-air bridge constructed in 1896 and razed in the early 1960s.
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