Stovall Mill Covered Bridge
Located on Hwy 255, in Nacoochee Valley, GA. This bridge was built in 1895 by Will Pardue over Chickamauga Creek. It is 36.8 feet long with queen-post truss. It was also known as Sautee-Nacoochee Bridge, Helen Bridge, and Chickamauga Bridge.
Located in an area of White County, rich in history and legends of the Cherokee. The bridge, now owned by the White County Historical Society, was built in 1895 by Will Pardue after an older bridge was destroyed during a storm. The earlier bridge had been built by Fred Dover, who also owned a grist mill, saw mill, shingle mill, and other businesses. Dover constructed the dam as a power source. The dam still can be seen a few feet from the bridge.
In 1917 Fred Stoval purchased the enterprise and the bridge became known as Stovall Bridge at the time. In November, 2000, the Georgia Historic Society placed a marker on the site.
The bridge spans the creek in the same place the old Rabun Road ran. This road actually pre-dated the Unicoi Turnpike and ran from Virginia to Gainesville, Georgia. It crossed the old Unicoi Turnpike about two miles south of present-day Helen, Georgia.
This bridge is a short drive from the numerous attractions in the area and is worth the trip. The bridge appeared in the 1950's movie I'd Climb the Highest Mountain starring Susan Heyward.