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Travel the National Road

National Road Traveler's Guide Welcome to the Historic National Road in Ohio, the nationís first federally funded interstate highway.

Now in its third printing, A Travelerís Guide to the Historic National Road in Ohio: The Road That Helped Build America is available free of charge from the Ohio Historical Society. To request your copy, call us at 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124.

Map of Ohio with National Road The guide also can be picked up at the following locations:

Copies also can be obtained by contacting the Ohio National Road Association at 937.521.2136.

Historic National Road logo This 46-page, full-color guide provides point-by-point description of the significant historical, cultural, natural and recreational sites associated with the National Road in Ohio from the east to the west. The National Road in Ohio generally follows modern U.S. 40, and in some areas parallels I-70. Clusters of historic buildings, stone bridges, taverns, inns, mile markers, vintage service stations, eateries and tourist accommodations stand as reminders of an earlier time when the National Road was the "Main Street of America."

Mile Marker The guide is co-authored by Glenn Harper of the Ohio Historical Societyís Ohio Historic Preservation Office and by Doug Smith, a professional auctioneer and Licking County commissioner. Many other individuals, organizations and agencies provided generous support and assistance in preparing the guide. Chief among these is the Ohio Department of Transportation Scenic Byway Program, administered by Paul Staley. Members and staff of the Ohio National Road Association also provided valuable assistance.

Vist the National Road/Zane Grey Museum

A Baby discovers Conestoga wagon Plan now to visit the National Road/Zane Grey Museum near Zanesville, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and year-round by appointment for school groups and other group tours. Three major exhibits chronicle the development of the National Road, the Main Street of America, linking the east coase witht he developing western frontier. The life and accomplishments of Zanesville author Zane Grey, the father of the adult western, are celebrated with many hisotirc artifacts belonging to the prolific author. Visitors will also discover the impact of Ohio art pottery in the region. LOCATION: 8850 East Pike (I-70 Exit 164), Norwich.

To schedule your school or adult group visit, contact Mary Ellen Weingartner, site manager, or call her at 740.872.3143 or 800.752.2602.

Enjoy your journey!


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