The Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, located in the hamlet of Shushan, NY is housed in an old covered bridge built in 1858 by the Stevens Bros. The bridge is of Town Lattice Truss construction, 161 feet long. The Town Lattice truss design was one of about 20 wooden bridge truss types developed during the 19th Century. Patented January 1, 1820 by Ithiel Town, an architect from Bridgeport, Connecticut, it was extensively promoted by him throughout the south. By 1840 it had become one of a few standard types chosen by local builders because of its ease of construction. The bridge was abandoned by the county as a bridge in 1962 and sat in disrepair for over ten years until it was saved by the Shushan Covered Bridge Association, Inc which converted it into a museum. A collection of period machinery and farm implements, many in working order, are used by visitors for hands on demonstrations.
A few yards from the bridge entrance stands a one room school house that was in continuous use as a school house from 1852 to 1943. The school is open to visitors and is furnished with desks and texts from the 19th Century
ADMISSION FREE – Donations Gratefully accepted
The museum is staffed by all volunteer help and is open 1 – 4 P.M. on the following days:
Spring Season: Memorial Day Weekend to July 4th -Weekend, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Summer Season: July 4th Weekend to Labor Day Weekend -Daily, Except Monday and Tuesday.
Fall Season: Labor Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Open by special appointment any day.(Tel 518-677-8251 or 518-854-7220)