“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
McHenry in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The National Road

The Road that Built the Nation

The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 25, 2007
1. The National Road Marker
Inscription.  “. . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840.

Americans are an adventurous people. From past to present, they have used feet, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, canals, railroads, bicycles, automobiles, trucks and buses to “perpetually change their plans and abodes.”

Centuries ago, George Washington dreamed of a highway joining east and west. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson made that roadway a reality when he risked his Presidency by authorizing, “an Act to regulate the laying out and making [of] a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio.”

The next generation built that “United States Road,” a thirty-foot wide, crushed stone thoroughfare that spanned rivers, traversed mountains and opened up America’s western frontier to the Mississippi. Merchants, traders and families from all over the world journeyed along this route in their quest to claim land, expand markets and form new lives.

Today, you can trace that same path along the Historic National Road. Discover
Entrance to Garrett County Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 25, 2007
2. Entrance to Garrett County Visitors Center
Two markers at the Visitors Center in the Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area of the county, this one is on the right.
the places, events and stories that shaped this nation. To have your own adventure, stop by any Welcome Center or local visitor center to speak to a travel counselor and pick up a Historic National Road map-guide.

(sidebar) Built in the early 1800s, a paved highway west was America’s first federal project. Much of the approximately 800 mile long National Road is still marked by historic milestones.

(photo caption) Are we there yet? These early 20th century travelers speak to all of us who at one time or another couldn’t wait to get out of the car. Today, we have the luxury of taking our modern interstates for granted. But who can’t relate to those faces?
Erected by America's Byways.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 33.708′ N, 79° 22.852′ W. Marker is in McHenry, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Visitors Center Drive and Garrett Highway (U.S. 219), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. It is at the entrance to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 Visitors Center Dr, Mc Henry MD 21541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured
The Garrett County Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 25, 2007
3. The Garrett County Visitors Center
as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Grave of Meshack Browning (approx. 1.8 miles away); Col. James McHenry of Baltimore (approx. 1.9 miles away); Thayer Game Refuge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Deep Creek Lake (approx. 3½ miles away); Campsite (approx. 4.6 miles away); Youghiogheny Grove (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fighting Forest Fires (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McHenry.
More about this marker. The marker displays a picture of a family standing beside an early 20th Century car along the National Road. The marker also has a map showing the general path of the National Road from Baltimore to St. Louis.
Regarding The National Road. This is a standard informational marker often used along the National Road in Maryland and is duplicated at other locations. This one, however, is 13 miles south of the National Road, now U.S. 40.
Also see . . .  Maryland National Road Wayside Exhibits. (Submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,403 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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