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Winter at Foxcatcher Covered Bridge by Monte Morton

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Foxcatcher Farms is one of only two remaining authentic covered bridges in Cecil County, Maryland. Both Foxcatcher Farms and Gilpin’s Falls bridges were built in 1860, although by different builders. Ferdinand Wood was contracted to construct Foxcatcher Farms over Lower Hills Fording or Big Elk Creek at a cost of $1,165. In 1927 William duPont, Jr. bought a vast amount of land in the northeast corner of Maryland including the area where the bridge existed. His property became known as The duPont Estates and during the years he owned the property Foxcatcher Farms Covered Bridge became inaccessible to most covered bridge enthusiasts. DuPont used the farmland property to enjoy horseback riding and fox chasing, hence the bridge name of “Foxcatcher Farms”. The State of Maryland bought the DuPont Estates property in 1975 and later established it as the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Maryland State Park). Today the area provides recreation for equestrians, fishermen, hunters and bird watchers. It also includes fairgrounds and a race track and was a training center for 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

Foxcatcher Farms Covered Bridge was rehabilitated in 1992 by the Department of Natural Resources. Part of the rehabilitation included steel frame supports for the flooring. In 1994 it received the State’s Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Award. Hurricane Floyd damaged its lower sideboards in 1999, but the bridge was quickly repaired. Foxcatcher Farms Covered Bridge is open only for horseback riding, bicyclists and hikers. It is well-maintained by the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area.

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  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    Love the comp…wonderful lighting…well done.

  • Thanks so much Jack, always appreciated!

    – Monte Morton

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 2 years ago

    so lovely Monte ~ would make wall art for sure! happy new year! xx

  • Thanks Linda and sorry for the delay!

    – Monte Morton

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Every element just beautiful! Happy New Year, Monte!!

  • Thanks so much and sorry for the delay!

    – Monte Morton

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

  • I appreciate it Trish and sorry for the delay!

    – Monte Morton

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 2 years ago

    Nice, the pano cropping really enhances the image…. Well done, sir!

  • Thanks John

    – Monte Morton

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 2 years ago

  • Greatly appreciated Marie, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • Rose Landry
    Rose Landryalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic Image Monte! Love it!~

  • Thanks Rose, I appreciate it!

    – Monte Morton

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 2 years ago


    Happy New Year
    January 4/13

  • Thanks so much Vickie, always appreciated!

    – Monte Morton

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 2 years ago

    Big congrats on your feature!!

  • Thanks Judith and sorry for the delay

    – Monte Morton

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  • Thanks Pamela

    – Monte Morton

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