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Historic National Road

Two hundred years after its birth, the National Road, America's first interstate highway, offers a rich historical tour.


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    Bricks remain on Ohio's Peacock Road, an abandoned stretch of the National Road.
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    The 1883 Guernsey Courthouse in Cambridge, Ohio.
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    Ohio's S-bridges.
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    Lantz House Inn in Centerville, Indiana.


For information on the National Road:
PENNSYLVANIAContact the National Road Heritage Corridor (724/437-9877; www.nationalroadpa.org).
WEST VIRGINIA Contact the state’s tourism department (800/225-5982; www.wvtourism.com).
OHIO Contact the Ohio Historical Society (614/297-2300; www.ohiohistory.org).
INDIANA Contact the Indiana National Road Association (765/478-3172; www.indiananationalroad.org).
ILLINOIS Contact the Illinois National Road Association (618-664-9343; www.nationalroad.org).

FEATURED IN THE ARTICLE George Washington sites, Farmington, Pennsylvania. Visit a reconstruction of the fort in which Washington fought in the early days of the French and Indian War. Also includes Gen. Braddock’s grave and the Washington Tavern, a popular stop on the early National Road. Admission charged for those 15 and older (724-329-5512; www.nps.gov/fone). National Road/Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, Ohio. Open Memorial Dayto Labor Day. Admission charged (800/752-2602; www.ohiohistory.org/places/natlroad). John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, New Concord, Ohio. Admission charged (740/826-3305; www.johnglennhome.org). Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The sites include the Wright Cycle Company, the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field (937/225-7705; www.nps.gov/daav).

DUSK TIL DAWN HISTORIC US-40 YARD SALE The annual event will be held along the National Road from Baltimore to St. Louis. Contact Patricia McDaniel (765-478-4809; www.oldstorefrontantiques.com).
INDIANA'S ANTIQUES ALLEY The stretch of US-40 from Richmond, Indiana, to Knightstown, Indiana, features more than 900 dealers. Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond (800/828-8414; www.visitrichmond.org).
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBRIDGE GLASS See products from the noted glass industry in the Cambridge, Ohio, area. Open April to October. Closed Monday. Admission charged for visitors 12 and older (740/432-4245; www.cambridgeglass.org).
NATIONAL CERAMIC MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER Explore the storied pottery production of the Zanesville, Ohio, area at this museum. Admission charged (740/697-7021; www.ceramiccenter.org).
HUDDLESTON FARMHOUSE Tour an 1841 house and surrounding farm buildings where a Quaker family once sold goods and services to National Road travelers (765/478-3172; www.historiclandmarks.org).
WHITEWATER RIVER GORGE This 3-mile-long canyon in Richmond, Indiana, features Thistlethwaite Falls and a 3.5-mile hiking/biking trail that passes by many rocks filled with fossils (800/828-8414; www.visitrichmond.org).

Col. Taylor Inn Bed & Breakfast, Cambridge, Ohio. Rooms from $135 (740/432-7802; www.coltaylorinnbb.com). Lantz House Inn, Centerville, Indiana. Rooms from $98 (800/495-2689; www.lantzhouseinn.com).


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