Historic Stone Arch Bridge over Rock Brook - Rock Brook Bridge

Dutchtown-Zion Road
Skillman
NJ 08558

Historic Stone Arch Bridge over Rock Brook - Rock Brook Bridge

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The Rock Brook Bridge is an approximately 41 foot long, 16 foot wide random rubble structure with a double-arched section and an open space crossed by a roadway. While early County records indicate that many bridges were built partly of stone and partly of frame, this is the only known surviving County bridge that has stone abutments or piers that were designed to hold a non-masonry deck. It is a good, relatively intact example of the type, even thought its original wooden deck has been replaced with modern materials; wooden decks are transitory and have to be regularly repaired and replaced. The bridge was almost certainly built by a local mason who in all likelihood was its engineer as well. It is built of stone, its adornment provided by its neatly laid voussoirs. The exact date of construction is unknown; however, it is believed to pre-date 1850 and probably was built in the 1820s.

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