Letters to the Red Covered Bridge

News // February 07, 2024

The Wissahickon inspires connection. In a chance encounter, a park user named Morgan spotted a letter addressed to the Covered Bridge, peeking out of the Wissahickon landmark’s walls. The letter, written by a longtime park visitor, Kathryn, penned the bridge as her place.  Read more about their story in this Inquirer article.

“Not the place you go to when you get in a car and drive to work or where you end up at the end of the day or where you wake up in the morning — but your place — where you go to feel like the fullest and the best version of yourself.”

In a romantic chain of events, this practice of reflection and gratitude was passed along from Kathryn, who wrote the original letter, as a way to memorialize those special places in her life before she moved,  to Morgan, who created a way for park users to write love letters of their own to the bridge. Morgan placed a box inside the bridge with a notebook and pen ready for passersby to find.

Friends of the Wissahickon and volunteer Matt Kokoszka shared our own journals for park users to continue the tradition in the years to follow.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day next week, we’ve compiled some excerpts from our collections of Love Letters to the Covered Bridge.

Photo courtesy of Tom Degnan