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February 26, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Covered Bridge near Trent’s Mill

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Covered Bridge, Trent’s Mill, Courtesy Library of Congress

While researching photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston for “At a Place Called Buckingham” – Volume Two, I discovered the above photo in the collection at the Library of Congress. Taken by Johnston in 1933, it is identified as Covered Bridge, Trent’s Mill, Buckingham County, Virginia.

The Library adds this comment: “Photo shows man walking away from Trent’s Mill, a covered bridge on a dirt road. The 1767 grist mill is in right background on the other side of the Willis River in Cumberland County.”

Three years later, in 1936, Marie Keller Frazee wrote a detailed survey of Trent’s Mill for the Virginia Historical Inventory. She located the mill “.3 mile north of Cumberland Court House, Cumberland, Virginia on U.S. Route #60: thence left 5.7 miles on Route #622: thence left .2 mile on Route #650.” It had stood in this location at Hatcher’s Creek since 1843.

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader remember the covered bridge? If so, please comment.

Read more about Frances Benjamin Johnston in the February issue of the Buckingham Beacon.

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