Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge is located in the vicinity of Sandyville in Jackson County, West Virginia.
The process of building the Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge goesback to May of 1886. D.K. Hood and Elias Stone were chosen to find the spot for a bridge, and determining how high and long the bridge
would be. Location for the bridge was decided upon as the Mill Creek ford
near John Carnahan’s property. This new bridge would replace an existing bridge
above Carnahan’s Ford. William Quincy and J. Grim were chosen to start on the supports
for the bridge with R. B. Cunningham receiving the bid for construction of the
superstructure. In 1887, for unknown reasons, work on the bridge was
stopped. The following year, it was asked if the work could be started again on
the bridge and the county court granted the request. The bid winners from
before the cessation of the bridge work continued with the construction. Bridge supports and superstructure were completed for a total of over $2,500, with the
bridge being completed sometime during late 1889 or early 18901.
Over thirty years later, the county clerk requested an
engineer to start on supports for a bridge near Sandy Creek on William Weekly’s
property. Options included taking apart the bridge at Carnahan’s Ford completed
in 1890 or to start on a new bridge at the new location. It was decided in 1924
that C.R. Kent, R.R. Hardesty, and E.R. Duke would move the bridge to its
Court records say that there was another bridge built during
the break inconstruction of the bridge above Carnahan’s Ford. The bridge was built on Carnahan’s property as
well, but at a different location. This second bridge and its history have been
mistaken for what is the present-day Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge. The second
bridge was to be built across a run at the cross point of the Ripley and West
Columbia Turnpike. George W. Staats won the bid for this bridge’s construction.
The bridge was completed sometime between late 1887 and early 1888. The bridge
was not completed as described in the contract and Staats was held responsible
for any future damages1.
The Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge that exists today is supposed
to be the bridge that was built over Mill Creek rather than the second bridge
built in 1887 or 1888. The reasoning behind this is that the bridges were made
out of different materials, the cost of the bridges differed, and also the original
location of the Sarvis Fork Bridge being listed as Carnahan’s Ford, which would
be the bridge built over Mill Creek1.
Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge was restored in 2000 at a cost of over
a half a million dollars. The bridge is still
in use today2.