Bartram Bridge Joint Preservation Commission


  • The 4th Tuesday in January, April, July and October
  • Alternating locations between:
    • Newtown Township Municipal Building
      209 Bishop Hollow Road
      Newtown Square, PA 19073
    • Willistown Township Municipal Building
      688 Sugartown Road
      Malvern, PA 19355

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.


NamePositionTownship Represented
Ed Johnston
Chair Newtown
Eric D. Gerst, Esq.Executive Vice ChairWillistown
Daniel Litwin, Esq.SecretaryNewtown
Derek OsnerMemberNewtown
Bart Van ValkenberghCo-chair Facilities

2023 Meeting Schedule (7:30pm)

  • 1/24/2023  Willistown Township Community Room   Re-Org
  • 3/28/2023  Newtown Township Meeting Room   
  • 5/23/2023  At the Bartram Bridge, Boot and Goshen Roads, Newtown Square, PA
  • 7/25/2023  Willistown Township Community Room 
  • 9/26/2023  Newtown Township Meeting Room
  • 11/26/2023  Willistown Township Community Room
  • 1/23/2024  Newtown Township Meeting Room   Re-Org     

Contact the Commission

Email the Bartram Bridge Joint Preservation Board


The Bartram Bridge Joint Commission is governed by a six-member board, appointed for two-year terms. There are three members from Newtown Township and three members from Willistown Township. The Board sees to the preservation of the Bartram Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Delaware County.

For more information on the Bartram Bridge Joint Commission, consult the Newtown Township General Code.

Bartram Bridge History

Built in 1860, the Bartram Covered Bridge spans the county line between Delaware and Chester Counties over Crum Creek near the intersection of Goshen and Boot Roads in Newtown Square. It is the last covered bridge remaining in Delaware County, a county which once had over 30 covered bridges. The bridge has unique slanted plank portals, the only bridge in Pennsylvania with this unusual design. After years of neglect, the bridge was restored in 1995, funded by a combination of donations, grants and fundraising. The bridge is now maintained by a commission of volunteers representing both Newtown and Willistown Townships.

Learn more about Bartram Bridge History.

Bartram Bridge