CELEBRATING 200 YEARS
There are few things that call to us across time from the beginnings of our Nation. The Historic National Road, this Nation’s first federally funded highway, is one of them. For more than 600 miles, it is the landscape of historic, cultural, and archaeological significance, scenic beauty and bountiful recreations, and a journey that lives through the lives, fortunes and struggles of the people that forged America.
Beginning in Cumberland Maryland, connecting a bank road from Baltimore and crossing six states, it stretches westward past historic landmarks, mountain vistas, industrial towns, rich farmlands and pastures, to reach the Mississippi River and the Eads Bridge in East St. Louis. Conceived by George Washington and brought forward during Jefferson’s presidency by his Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, it is a physical translation of ideals of Jeffersonian democracy – a nation of citizens whose values and politics were tied to the land.
Construction began in 1811 on the first leg of the road. Named the Eastern Legacy and achieving the goal of reaching the banks of the Ohio River, the National Road from Cumberland to Wheeling was completed in 1818.
- May 17, 18, 19, and 20: National Road Festival (download information)
- May 20: Sunday Supper in the Park including the announcement of a commemorative cookbook to be introduced later this year. (download information)
- June 9: Whiskey Boys Rampage and Liberty Pole Raising Ceremony. More information available by clicking here and at libertypolespirits.com.
- July 5 to 8: Whiskey Rebellion Festival. More information at whiskeyrebellionfestival.com
- July 28: Great Gatsby evening at the newly restored and reopened Century Inn in Scenery Hill (click for more info)
- September – October: Introduction of “Grub to Gourmet, The Food of the Historic National Road” cookbook.
- October 27: National Road Symposium at Washington & Jefferson College
- November 3: A Taste of the National Road recipes from the cookbook prepared by chefs from restaurants along the National Road and “Celebrity Chefs”!
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