Ingrid Hopkins

Owner, Innkeeper, and Event Manager

I am Ingrid Hopkins, and I have created The Covered Bridge Inn from my family’s farmhouse here on Hopkins Dairy Farm. I will be the 5th generation Hopkins to call the farm my home.

I grew up in Lewes on the farm and I was very active with 4-H. You could usually find me out riding my horse. I graduated from Delaware Valley College with degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Technology. I was a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 16 years before finding my true calling in Hospitality.

I had always longed to return home to Lewes and my roots here at the dairy farm. I knew that I was capable of a renovation of epic proportions. The historic buildings on the farm were longing for a new purpose. So with years of hard work, determination, and one incredible family, The Covered Bridge Inn is the astonishing result.

Family and business can be difficult to coexist in harmony. The Hopkins Family makes it work because we all draw from our own strengths to have separate and complimentary businesses. My brother Burli supplies the Inn with Ice Cream from his Hopkins Farm Creamery, and my sister Amy provides our Honey, Beeswax products, and Jams from her Hopkins Henlopen Homestead. My dad, Walter Hopkins, is our proud leader, an ocean of knowledge, and our biggest fan.

My years of work and determination to create this venue make me uniquely qualified to help couples manage their events.  I have my finger on the pulse of what works best in our barn and I can guide my couples to the elite vendors in our community to bring their wedding vision to life.

Come join our bucolic perfection and experience the ultimate in restored and repurposed Sussex County landmarks.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein"


Jonathan Clark

Groundskeeper

Jonathan is our trusted and absolutely irreplaceable groundskeeper. He has been keeping this place looking farmtastic since we opened. He is hardworking and a busy father of 4. Although he is a man of few words, he takes great pride in his work, and it shows.  When he's not here keeping things green and clean for every beautiful guest and event, he spends his spare time wih his family or fishing at the beach.

"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton"


Ashley Morley

Event Management Team

Ashley is the newest part-time addition to the team and add enormous value to the venue.   A native to Lewes, Ashley returns home with a monster education from University of Delaware and years of experience as an event coordinator for an Inn, planning sophisticated events with an authentic farm to table feel.  When she isn't working with clients, she can be found biking the Breakwater trail, obsessing over flowers at the farmers market, or hunting down a deal at Marshall's.

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro"