Southern Gothic 6
I first found this bridge in the forest about 35 years ago, and its been one of my favorite local places ever since, The wagon road it once supported climbed into the mountains and actually passed through my property. The modern road was rerouted several miles away, so this structure has survived as an isolated and beautifully neglected ruin in the forest.
The Bridge is officially named the Poinsett Bridge, but I've always thought of it as Blanding's Bridge, since it was built by an acting Commissioner of Public Works who, in 1820, made the most of his tenure in office by building a monumental and enduring structure in a remote location over an insignificant stream. You've got to admire his artistry and flamboyance! He must have used his entire budget to build it. At the time, this was the Buncombe Turnpike, the main wagon road which wound from Greenville South Carolina to Greeneville Tennessee. Now its just off a back road in Greenville County, below the Poinsett Reservoir