The Historic National Road


Physical Description

Reaching more than 600 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois, construction of the Historic National Road was begun during the Jefferson Administration. The road passes directly in front of the Mt. Washington Tavern and within the boundaries of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. It was the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway, providing an essential road over the Allegheny Mountains and serving as the nation’s critical east-west link, removing barriers to economic development and settlement.


National Road Heritage Corridor