Ingrid Hopkins


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.

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


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"

My Family

The Hopkins Clan

None of this would be possible without the love, hard work, and support of the incredible Hopkins Family. Our Dad Walter proudly supports all of the susequent generations and our agri-businesses. Family and business can be a challenge to exist in harmony. We make it work because we draw from our individual strengths.  My Brother Burli, has the wildy popular Hopkins Farm Creamery. Myy sister Amy, the Beekeeper, has the growing Hopkins Henlopen Homestead. All of the hardworking Hopkins have businesses that support each other and our Cape Community. 

"Family is not an important thing, it's everything. Michael J. Fox"