Woodbury bridge named one of 10 'Places of Peril'

Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge in Woodbury in Meriwether County.

The Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge in Woodbury has been placed on the 2022 list of “Places in Peril” by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Places in Peril” is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources,

The Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge was built in the 1840s by Horace King or his son. Born into enslavement on a South Carolina plantation, Horace King was able to travel freely and was widely respected as a builder and engineer, constructing dozens of bridges in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

The Red Oak Creek Bridge is the only bridge connected to Horace King that is still in use, attracting hundreds of visitors each year.

Because the Red Oak Creek bridge has remained open to traffic, there is a consistent threat of damage to the structure. A recent accident damaged several structural braces inside the bridge, and further protection of the bridge is necessary to ensure its continued longevity.