Buena Vista Tavern
The Historic National Road in Ohio
—Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Travel Accommodations —
Inns and taverns were once common along the National Road. A traveler could expect to find accommodations about every ten miles. “Stage Houses” were inns where stage horses were stabled and exchanged and passengers found room and board. Drover’s inns were generally simpler frame structures and were often located on side streets of pike towns, parallel to the National Road, or on the outskirts of town where they could accommodate pens for livestock. The house and property across from the Buena Vista Tavern was used by the drovers.
Rooms, camp and cabins 9 miles east of Springfield on the National Old Trail 36 miles to Dayton 36 miles to Columbus
Above is the tavern as it appeared in the 1930’s. The cabins are located behind the main building. The gas pumps offered an additional convenience for the automobile tourist. As the photo states, visitors had a choice of a room in the inn, a tourist cabin, or a campsite.
Early “auto tourists” slept
34 mi. west of Zanesville 20 mi. east of Columbus Majestic Tourist Camp J.G.Rosecrans prop. gas, oil and eats rooms, bath and cottages Ladies rest room Pataskela Ohio R.D. National Road 1 mi. west of Kirkersville
courtesy Doug Smith collection
Pictured above is a typical tourist camp along the National Road. The services and layout are similar to that of the Buena Vista Tavern during the same period.
The Road That Helped Build the Nation
An All American Road- National Byway
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sponsored by the Phillip B. Johnson Family
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Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 55.598′ N, 83° 38.703′ W. Marker is near South Vienna, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Old National Road (U.S. 40) and Buena Vista road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling west on Old National Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Buena Vista Rd, South Vienna OH 45369, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asbury Veterans Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away); Asbury Methodist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pleasant Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Four Chaplains Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away); 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches (approx. 7˝ miles away); Somerford Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away); DeMint Memorial Park (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Vienna.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.