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.
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.
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."
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
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
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!