No. 20, Graham Road covered bridge, Pierpont

Graham Road, the center piece of an Ashtabula County Metro Park, sports an 8X8 barn quilt that honors the Benson family, which donated the land the covered bridge rests upon.
Graham Road, the center piece of an Ashtabula County Metro Park, sports an 8X8 barn quilt that honors the Benson family, which donated the land the covered bridge rests upon.

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About the quilt & barn

Address:

Graham Road, Pierpont Township

Directions:

From Interstate 90, take the Route 193 exit. Go south on 193 to Denmark Township/ Route 167. Turn left on Route 167 and head west to Stanhope Kelloggsville Road. Turn left (north) on Stanhope-Kelloggsville to Graham Road. Covered bridge is in metroparks on south side of road.

Sponsors:

Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail Steering Committee

Artist:

Karen Rose and Kathy McCarty

Raising the quilt, Sept. 8, 2014.
Raising the quilt, Sept. 8, 2014.

The quilt:

8X 8 feet, Benson’s Bridge

 

Benson's Bridge is the title given to the quilt on the Graham Road covered bridge.
Benson’s Bridge is the title given to the quilt on the Graham Road covered bridge.

The Bridge:

Graham Road covered bridge was built across the west branch of the Ashtabula River in 1913, after a flood washed out the previous bridge. The bridge that replaced it was itself washed out in that flood and retrieved. Bob Benson, who owns the yellow house to the west of the bridge, and his late wife Helen, in 1971 donated the land for the bridge to be re-located upon when it became necessary to remove the antiquated structure. The quilt was placed in honor of Mr. Benson, his family and grandfather, who helped reassemble the bridge in 1913. Read more on our Graham Road bridge page.

Standing with the new barn quilt at the Graham Road covered bridge are (from left) Kathy McCarty, Bob Benson and Jeff Scribben.
Standing with the new barn quilt at the Graham Road covered bridge are (from left) Kathy McCarty, Bob Benson and Jeff Scribben.

Additional notes:

This was the first barn quilt on an Ashtabula County covered bridge. It was dedicated during the 2014 Covered Bridge Festival.

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Members of the Benson family stand with the quilt following the dedication, Oct. 12, 2014.