Even before you see your first covered bridge, this route through Ohio’s farmland pays off with gently rolling hills and picturesque farmland.
This may be one of the first “quilted” barns you spot. Its design is known as the “bowtie”, and it’s located along Rte. 800 just south of the Monroe County Line. A stop here allows you to pick up a list of all the county’s patchwork barns.
While traveling this route, you’ll also come across quite a few barns and old buildings painted with Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisements. There just happens to be one such structure at this same stop, behind the quilted barn. Remember, though, these barns are on private property, so you need to limit your wandering to the roadside.
Foraker (Un-)Covered Bridge
The first bridge along the Covered Bridges Byway is a good distance away from the main road, down County Rte. 42. I missed the turnoff, and instead took County Rte. 12 out of Graysville to reach the bridge. But all that effort didn’t pay off. The Foraker Covered Bridge was in the process of being reconstructed… and all I found was an impassable skeleton.
OK, that’s not all I found. I did see a lot of cows…
… and several interesting barns.
Note: This trip was first published in 2005.