It has been a minute since we went on any type of adventure, so after the heaviness of the third and final day of our latest visit to Shriners Children’s Greenville, we took a tiny detour on our way home.

Our stop: Poinsett Bridge, the oldest bridge in South Carolina, and perhaps the entire southeastern United States.

The bridge was built in 1820 as part of a road from Columbia, SC to Saluda Mountain. The bridge includes a 14-foot gothic arch and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek, and was possibly designed by Robert Mills, who was the architect of the Washington Monument.

The marker for the bridge, which states “This Bridge on the State Road from Greenville to Asheville,” was placed by the Nathanael Greene Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution.

So, sufficed to say, a pretty cool little detour.

The bridge is located off U.S. Highway 25 and looks like it could be placed in any corner of Eastern Kentucky. For those familiar, this area had a very Anglin Falls-type feel to it.

It was a good reprieve and a nice breather on our way home.

Plus, it was just cool.


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