Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Madonna of the Trail
(North Face) 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.
(South Face) Over this highway marched the army of Major General Edward Braddock, April 14, 1755, on its way to Fort Duquesne.
(West Face) The National Old Trails Road.
Erected 1929 by National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Madonnas of the Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 59.033′ N, 77° 5.652′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue (Maryland Route 355) and Montgomery Lane, on the right when traveling south on Wisconsin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethesda MD 20814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert W. Leibling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Five Points, Historic Crossroads (about This Complex of Buildings and Gardens (approx. ¼ mile away); Locust Grove (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Georgetown Branch Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Georgetown Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tennallytown and Rockville Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Trolley to Trail (approx. 0.6 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
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, Maryland, during the week of April 19, 1929, the twelfth of the monuments erected by state societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution were dedicated to mark the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway in honor of the pioneer mothers of covered wagon days. It is located beside the Bethesda Post Office and commemorates the spot where the pioneers spent the first night out of Georgetown on their way to the west. Bethesda is the eastern terminus of the Cumberland Road, the first portion of the National Old Trails Road leading to the Santa Fe Trail.” (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
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2009, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,346 times since then and 40 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week July 19, 2009. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2009, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.