Herr’s Mill covered bridge

Progress on disassembling the Herr’s Mill covered bridge in Paradise Township, as of Sept. 13, 2018.

Herr’s Mill covered bridge is coming apart at the seams.

The 178-foot-long double-span bridge, which crosses Pequea Creek in Paradise Township, was sold for $1 to David Abel.

Abel, who recently restored and reassembled the famous Star Barn complex on land in Elizabethtown, has similar plans for the bridge — taking it apart, moving it to Elizabethtown and reconstructing it to an exacting historical standard.

The bridge will become part of Abel’s Stone Gable Estate, which includes the Star Barn Village and Ironstone Ranch.

Project spokeswoman Gail Shane shared photos on Thursday showing the bridge’s disassembly in progress.

Workers are removing the siding, roof and timbers as they strip the bridge down to its massive burr arches. The arches, which weigh an estimated 33,000 pounds each, will be moved on trucks to the Elizabethtown site later this fall.

The bridge, situated in the Pequea Creek floodplain, was sold by Brian Kopan, who owns Mill Bridge Village and Camp Resort.

Kopan said the bridge was deteriorating quickly, and he feared it would come apart in the next flood.

Herr’s Mill covered bridge

Progress on disassembling the Herr’s Mill covered bridge in Paradise Township, as of Sept. 13, 2018.

Herr’s Mill covered bridge

Progress on disassembling the Herr’s Mill covered bridge in Paradise Township, as of Sept. 13, 2018.

Herr’s Mill covered bridge

Progress on disassembling the Herr’s Mill covered bridge in Paradise Township, as of Sept. 13, 2018.