Stovall Mill Covered Bridge

Highway 255, Helen, GA 30545

This bridge was built in 1895 by Will Pardue. It is 36.8 feet long with queen-post truss. It has a parking area, picnic area and historic marker. It is at Chickamauga Creek. It was also known as Sautee-Nacoochee, Helen Bridge and Chickamauga.

 

 Located in an area of White County, rich in history and legends of the Cherokee, Stovall Mill Bridge spans Chickamauga Creek. This is not to be confused with the more famous northwest Georgia Creek of the same name. An earlier covered bridge stood here but was washed away in the early 1890's. The bridge retains the name of the miller, Fred Stovall, Sr.; who operated the mill complex for many years.

 

The gristmill, sawmill and shingle mill were powered by a water turbine. All are gone now; only the remains of the dam are evident.

 

The Stovall Mill Covered Bridge was featured in the 1951 movie, “I’d Climb The Highest Mountain” starring Rory Calhoun, William Lundigan and Susan Haywood

 

This historic covered bridge is said to be haunted. If you stand in the bridge alone at night you are supposed to hear the cries of unseen babies and the sounds of horse-drawn carriages. This bridge is a local landmark and open to the public.

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