Covered and Uncovered
another book in their Harford County's
Rural History Series: Timber Bridges:
Covered and Uncovered. This 170-page,
8.5 x 11 inches paperback features a
picture of the Jericho Road Covered
Bridge on the cover. But that's only one
of the many wooden bridges discussed in
are able to trace the development of
Harford County transportation from
waterways to Native American trails to
roads. When early roads needed to cross a
stream, timber was often the material used
for construction. They explain how wooden
piles were driven into the ground in
low-lying areas to support bridges, while
rocky terrain demanded a different
construction technique: timber trusses.
From fords to covered bridges, there's lots
of fascinating information in Timber Bridges.
together? According to Henry: "We met
accidentally in the
decided to do a Bulletin on tinsmithing.
That was the beginning, but we kept
coming up with topics. Though the books
we're writing are about Harford County,
we go overboard! The barn-building
technology we explain in The Lofty Barn
a Farmer's Castle or the blacksmith
techniques in Under the Spreading
Chestnut Tree: The Village Blacksmith
in Rural America would apply to
anywhere in America."
and writing for the books," Henry added.
"But I tend to focus on the human side
of things and Jack often focuses on
the author of 140 books, is a retired
engineer who worked for
historical books including: Bel Air Roller
Mills, Eden Mill An Illustrated
History, Jerusalem A Preserved Mill
Village, and Harford Glen An Outdoor
Classroom & Preserve. His engineering
expertise is evident in his own books
and in the Harford County's Rural
said: "That day in the
needed. We decided it was time for
another history book on Harford County.
But there's so much information that one
book wasn't enough. Timber Bridges is
our seventh book, we've got two more
coming out this year, and plans for more
after that. When we finish a book, we just
move onto another."
Jack L. Shagena, Jr. and Henry C. Peden,
Jr. are available at the