Stutzman Crossing Covered Bridge - Walnut Creek, Ohio
Susan Rissi Tregoning
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An Amish elder, driving a quaint open carriage, prepares to enter the Stutzman Crossing Covered Bridge.
This attractive covered bridge south of Walnut Creek village in Ohio's Amish Country isn't historical. It was constructed in 2009 to replace an old, deteriorating concrete bridge. The Multiple King Post Truss bridge spans 55 feet in length, stands almost 15 feet tall, and is approximately 26 feet across.
The bridge sits on property that once belonged to Jonas Stutzman, the first settler of Walnut Creek, and is named in his honor. Stutzman’s farm, located across State Route 39, is marked with a historical marker that pays tribute to the log cabin he constructed for his family in 1809.
Jonas Stutzman was a unique individual and an unconventional Amishman who went by the nickname Der Weiss. He was known for wearing white instead of the conventional black or dark clothing. He penned a book predicting Jesus' return to earth. The area's first meeting house (church house) is the historic Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, built on land that Jonas generously donated.
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November 9th, 2023
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