The long-lasting structures have survived the gales of war, floods, ice, and even several fires over the past century and a half. This longevity is partly due to the Burr design of the arch that protected the bridge from water that would normally lead a wooden bridge to have a short lifespan. this design is credited to Theodore Burr who patented his design on April 3, 1817.
On August 10, 2017, the covered bridge was set on fire which was determined to be caused by an arsonist. The bridge is still standing but the damage to the sides and roof of the bridge will require extensive repair.