Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Madonna of the Trail
N.S.D.A.R. Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days.
This the first military road in America beginning at Rock Creek and Potomac River, Georgetown, Maryland, leading our pioneers across this continent to the Pacific.
Over this highway marched the army of Major General Edward Braddock, April 14, 1755, on its way to Fort Duquesne.
The National Old Trails Road.
Erected 1929 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 12.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles • War, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Madonnas of the Trail series lists.
Location. 38° 59.033′ N, 77° 5.652′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethesda MD 20814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Loving Memory of Robert W. Lebling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Five Points, historic crossroads (about 300 feet away); Looking North up Wisconsin Avenue at Old Georgetown Road in 1940 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bank of Bethesda Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Georgetown Road (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Building for the Bethesda Fire Department (approx. ¼ mile away); This Complex of Buildings and Gardens (approx. ¼ mile away); Locust Grove (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
More about this marker. There are 12 identical statues, one in each state on the route of the National Road—mostly the then U.S Routes 40 and 240 when the monuments were erected—and then along the Santa Fe Trail—roughly parallelled by former U.S. Route 66—to the Pacific Ocean in California. This is the last one erected, on April 19, 1929.
This entry is dedicated to my father, Herb Fuchs. Dad was a long time resident of Bethesda. Born August 28, 1916. Died April 24, 2009. —TAF
Regarding Madonna of the Trail. North face's inscription includes "the first military road in America beginning at Rock Creek and Potomac River, Georgetown, Maryland". That Georgetown is now part of Washington DC; do not confuse with Georgetown elsewhere in Maryland.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is the next marker on the route west, in Pennsylvania.
Also see . . .
1. The Autograph of a Nation Written Across the Face of a Continent. “At Bethesda, (Submitted on April 29, 2009.)
2. Madonna Of The Trail Statue Returns Home. An article, by the WUSA Staff and published on June 6, 2007, about the monument's temporary relocation and return home. (Submitted on June 2, 2009.)
1. Memories of Bethesda's Madonna of the Trail
As some of us recall, this memorial stood in front of the old Post Office and near the Bethesda Theatre. Madonna has been a long time landmark for Bethesda. My wife grew up a couple blocks from its location in the 1950s-70s
— Submitted July 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2009, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,493 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2009, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.