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Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The National Road

 
 
The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 25, 2006
1. The National Road Marker
The MaryLandscapes marker can be seen to the left.
Inscription. This marker stands on a part of the right of way of the historic and fabled National, or Cumberland Road. Commencing in 1806 it was built in segments by city, state, federal, and private means and was the first great commercial and travel link from Baltimore to the west.
 
Erected by International Right of Way Association, Potomac Chapter No. 14 and the Maryland Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.125′ N, 76° 48.062′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 144) and Ellicott Mills Drive, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. West of this marker Route 144 is called Frederick Road. Marker is in this post office area: Ellicott City MD 21042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MaryLandscapes (here, next to this marker); Ellicott’s Mills (here, next to this marker); New Fire Station & Transit Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department
The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 22, 2006
2. The National Road Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Ellicott Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Regarding The National Road. The National Road became U.S. Route 40 in the 20th century, stretching from Baltimore to San Francisco. With the advent of the Interstate Highway system and the creation bypasses around towns the original route has been chopped up. For example, at this marker the roadway is now State route 144 while the current U.S. 40 bypasses the town and further west in Maryland U.S. 40 shares the roadway with Interstates 70 and 68.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Route 40, America's Golden Highway. (Submitted on March 3, 2006.)
2. The Road that Built the Nation. from Pennsylvania's point of view. (Submitted on March 3, 2006.) 

3. The International Right Of Way Association. (Submitted on March 3, 2006.)
4. The National Road (The Road and American Culture). Search inside this book by Karl B. Raitz at Amazon.com. (Submitted on April 24, 2006.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The log house
The log cabin in the photographs was originally on Merryman Road. It was dismantled in 1980, and assembled on the current location in 1988. According to the Historic American Buildings Survey, "the Merryman Road Log House
Main Street, Route of the National Road Through Ellicott City image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 22, 2006
3. Main Street, Route of the National Road Through Ellicott City
is one of the oldest buildings in the area of Ellicott City, Maryland. It has played a prominent role in the history of area blacks; unfortunately, most of this heritage has not been recorded. The house is believed to have been built in the last decade of the eighteenth century, which would be contemporary with the settling of Ellicott City. In 1877, St. Luke's AME Church, late of Oella, Maryland, held services in the Merryman Road Log House until construction of its new Ellicott City church building could be completed."
    — Submitted May 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Marker with historic cabin and building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
4. Marker with historic cabin and building
National Road Milestone image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, August 5, 2006
5. National Road Milestone
This milestone is on Main Street across from the Railroad Station Museum in Ellicott City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,098 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on October 2, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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