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Stovall Covered Bridge

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Stovall Covered Bridge - Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     One of the historic attractions near Stovall Covered Bridge - Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia Sautee Nacoochee in northeast Georgia is this holdover from the late 19th century. Built by Will Purdue in 1895, the 38 foot Stovall Covered Bridge replaced an earlier bridge, an important link to Fred Dover's business. Here along the Chickamauga Creek, the enterprising Fred Dover built a sawmill, grist mill and their important link, a covered bridge. The temperamental Chickamauga Creek washed away the original bridge. Later in 1917, the entire Stovall Covered Bridge - Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia operation was bought out by Fred Stovall, retaining his named today. The Stovall name for this bridge has outlasted a handful of former ones, such as Chickamauga Creek, Helen, Sautee and Nachoochee bridges.
      The mill and mill pond dam were washed away in 1964, but the little bridge survived. The Stovall Bridge was once an important link on the old Rabun Road, running from Gainesville, Georgia to Virginia. A small parking area on each side of Chickamauga Creek allows visitors to safely stop and view this historic bridge.

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