Ghost Stories and Tall Tales of the American South

Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge


Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge in Forsyth County, Georgia, one of the best-preserved covered bridges in the state.

Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge in Forsyth County, Georgia has undergone extensive repairs in recent times to become one of the best-preserved covered bridges in the state. It was first built in the 1820s by a contractor who mistakenly drilled all the holes in the lattice members in the wrong place!


Many people tried to correct this problem over the years, but even though the bridge was structurally sound, it still sagged noticeably over Settendown Creek. The Georgia Department of Transportation took over in the late 1990s and fixed it back to its current state.

Forsyth County used funds from their local option sales tax to construct a park around the bridge. Walk past the bridge and into the woods along the gentle banks of Settendown Creek, and perhaps you can visualize the old grist mill that used to operate there. While it is true that the Cherokee George Welch first built the mill, then lost it during the time of the Cherokee Removal, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find Cherokee artifacts or gold down there. Nor the Blue Girl, for that matter.

There have been many ghost stories about Poole’s Mill over the years, and ‘The Blue Girl” is one of them. But the history of the old mill and the rebirth of the bridge is perhaps more interesting than any ghost story.

Poole's Mill Covered Bridge

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Poole\'s Mill Covered Bridge 34.290656, -84.242290 Stories: The Blue GirlPoole’s Mill Covered Bridge in Forsyth County, Georgia is one of the best-preserved covered bridges in the state. Now a pretty county park more than a haunted destination, though several ghost stories have been written based on it.


And you can read all about it at these sites:

Directions to North Georgia’s Covered Bridges
Directions and maps to Poole’s Bridge and other covered bridges.

Poole’s Mill Historic Area
Local web page on the history of the Poole’s Mill area.

North Georgia’s Covered Bridges
Interesting article on the history of covered bridges, including before and after shots of Poole’s Mill.

Georgia DOT page on Poole’s Mill 
Read how the bridge was saved.

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