Fall Foliage and Covered Bridges of Lehigh Valley with Ron Wyatt

Class Code:
UUU514
Skill Level:
Everyone

The history of covered bridges in Pennsylvania can be traced back to European roots. The first covered bridge is thought to have been built in the mid 1300s between Germany and Switzerland. German immigrants brought the idea and design to this country. Covered bridges were usually named after the builders, local residents, or nearby businesses, which often were working gristmills along the waterways in the vicinity of the bridges. Bridges were covered to keep the plank roadways dry. Some also say the bridges were covered to resemble barns so that horses would be less hesitant to enter.

Join Ron Wyatt and Unique Photo for a day of exploring and photographing some of Pennsylvania's covered bridges in the midst of Fall and its vibrant foliage!  Of the 200+ covered bridges still standing in Pennsylvania, seven excellent examples are community treasures in Lehigh Valley.  Capture the romantic quality of a time when life moved more slowly.

*Limited to 10 registrants.
*Van transportation is included and leaves promptly from Unique at 6:00am.
*There will be some walking at each covered bridge stop, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
*Please bring your own lunch and snacks.

Our Price: $179.00

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Although the itinerary is not yet finalized, here are some of Lehigh Valley's covered bridges that we may see:

Manasses Guth Bridge
Length: 108 ft.  |  Built: 1858

The Manasses Guth Bridge is the first of five to cross over the meandering Jordan Creek. The original bridge that was built in 1858 was partially destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1882. Local farmers and travelers forded the Jordan at this site prior to 1858. The builder of the original structure is unknown. The bridge was named after Manasses Guth, who lived in the adjacent stone farmhouse and was a descendant of Lorentz Guth, the first settler in the area in 1745. The Manasses Guth Bridge, which is at the eastern edge of Covered Bridge Park, is built with the Burr arch truss design, has lengthwise planking, and rests on stone and mortar abutments with long wing walls capped with concrete.


Wehr's Bridge
Length: 128 ft.  |  Built: 1841

Wehr’s Bridge is located at the western end of Covered Bridge Park, where it crosses over the Jordan Creek. In 1862, Ephraim Sieger built a stone gristmill on the north bank of the Jordan, and the bridge became known as Sieger’s Covered Bridge. After several owners, the mill was sold to William Wehr, and the bridge eventually was named Wehr’s Covered Bridge. The present concrete dam near the bridge that supplied power for the gristmill was built in 1904 and replaced the original wooden dam located a short distance upstream. The mill was torn down in 1951, and today locals refer to the general area surrounding the bridge as “Wehr’s Dam.” Wehr’s Bridge, which was built in the Burr arch truss design, shares its claim to antiquity with Bogert’s Bridge. Families enjoy picnicking and quiet recreation in the nearby park, and the Jordan is a popular trout stream at this point. With its scenic setting, Wehr’s Bridge is a favorite with photographers and artists, often used as the background for wedding photos.


Schlicher's Bridge
Length: 108 ft.  |  Built: 1882

Schlicher’s Covered Bridge is sometimes called the “deer pen bridge” since it is surrounded by Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve. The Game Preserve was established in 1906 as a reservation to raise and protect bison, elk and deer. Deer often can be seen grazing along the road near the bridge. The builder of the structure is unknown, and its name possibly came from local landowners. Schlicher’s is the newest and shortest bridge in Lehigh County and is the fifth and last covered span crossing the Jordan Creek. Built in the Burr truss design, the structure has red vertical siding with a white interior and white horizontal siding around the low entrances. Like Lehigh Valley’s other covered bridges, Schlicher’s Bridge has a slate roof. Rebuilt in 1995, the bridge has stone abutments reinforced with concrete and wing walls capped with cement.


Rex's Bridge
Length: 116 ft.  |  Built: 1858

Records indicate that at one time seven gristmills were established along the Jordan Creek, which rises near the base of the Blue Mountain and runs into Lehigh Valley, where it empties into the Lehigh River. While Rex’s Bridge is located close to Kern’s Dam and the former Kern’s Mill, there is no evidence there was a mill next to this bridge. It is believed that the bridge was named after the Rex family, who were local landowners in the vicinity. The structure is built in the Burr arch truss design, and the high arches can be seen through the side openings. Rex’s Bridge has a floor of lengthwise planking over crosswise planking, and the original stone wing walls have been covered with cement and painted white.

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With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Linsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places at the Izod Center for Nets Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Botanical Gardens, Ballooning, NYC Skyline Shoots and much more.

Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlites, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more.

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Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo SuperStore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

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For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register prior to the dates of such classes. 

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Unique Photo EXPO 2013: Please note that there are no cancellations, refunds, or rescheduling for any EXPO classes.
Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).

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10/29/17 Sun 6:00AM

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