Martinsville Virginia Henry County VA Photos To Identify
Marty Wyatt discusses covered bridges.
Leone & Bill Price, Marty Wyatt
Clyde Holland Resident of Cut Bank Bridge area near Spencer VA
Clyde Holland

Marty Wyatt, an Indiana resident, builds models of covered bridges. And he donates them to historical groups across the country. A replica of the Cut Bank Bridge was donated by Mr. Wyatt to the Bassett Historical Center January 7, 2009. The bridge is one of 3 known to exist in Henry County, VA. It was located about 3 miles from Spencer Virginia on State Road 695, the George Taylor Road, and spanned the North Mayo River. The Cut Bank Bridge was 63 feet long.
Bill Price, pictured in the center above with Mrs. Price and Marty Wyatt, remembers driving an oil truck full of kerosene over the bridge. Price said his biggest concern was keeping the truck on the "tracks" along the floor of the bridge. Since the bridges were built for lighter vehicles such as wagons they would rattle and let loose some cross boards when a heavier vehicle such as a car or truck went through. Long boards were laid lengthwise over the cross boards to form a track protecting the bridge floor.
Clyde Holland who lives near the bridge site remembers the clackety clack sound of vehicles going through the bridge. Mr. Holland described the bridge anchors which still stand today and after Mr. Wyatt's presentation led some members of the group to the spot where they were able to capture a pretty good shot of the stone supports (It was very rainy, cloudy day!)
A second bridge was situated on the other side of Route 58 West in the Spencer area on Route 699. That bridge was build in 1901 and washed away in 1921. A third covered bridge was located just south of the city of Martinsville on present day route 220 and near the Smith River dam and powerplant. View a 1911 map of Henry County showing 'Cut Bank Road'. Stop by the Bassett Historical Center and view this latest addition to their extensive collection of Henry County treasures. Read The Enterprise article about Marty Wyatt.

Cut bank bridge model
Cut bank bridge model by Marty Wyatt
Cut Bank Bridge Supports Still In View 2009
One old stone abuttment on a high water day!

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