1854, Farmville, Virginia


A spectacular engineering feat, about which its chief engineer said, “There have been higher bridges not so long, and longer bridges not so high, but taking the length and height together, this is, perhaps, the largest bridge in the world.” High Bridge played a pivotal role in the last days of the Civil War, as Union troops pursued the remnants of the Confederate army to Appomattox.

Six-span Starter Kit includes spans, piers, abutments, and base. Completed starter kit measures approximately 30 inches long by 4 inches deep and 8 inches high. Ten sheets plus illustrated instructions, $15.00.

Fifteen-span Completer Kit includes remaining 15 spans and piers plus base extensions. Two kits together measure approximately 8 feet long by 8 inches high. Twelve sheets plus illustrated instructions, $17.95 plus shipping.

Both kits are available from the Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park, 308-B South Main Street, #161, Farmville, VA 23901 or fofhbt@gmail.com.

Skill rating: Basic, for ages 8 and up. Adult supervision may be required.