Beginning in Baltimore, Maryland and crossing six states, the National Road travels over 700 miles, past historic landmarks, forested mountains, industrial towns and modern cities, rich farmland and pastures, to reach the Mississippi River and the Eads Bridge at East St. Louis, Illinois.

Conceived by Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson, the National Road was the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway. It opened the nation to the west and became a corridor for the movement of goods and people.

For more in-depth history and current happenings check out the links below:

Ohio Scenic Byways Interactive Map
Interpretive Signs Along Historic National Road
Traveler’s Guide PDF

Current News

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Angelina Stone receives Milestone Historic Preservation Award 

ST.CLAIRSVILLE OH (November 28, 2023) – The Ohio National Road Association recently presented the prestigious Milestone Historic Preservation Award to Mark White of Angelina Stone & Marble of Bridgeport for their work restoring a unique feature on the National Road in Licking County.

ONRA members John S Marshall and Jeff Aland presented the award to White, the project engineer for Angelina’s restoration of the Eagles Nest Monument in Licking County. The plaque, sponsored by ONRA Board Member Mike Peppe, reads: “For professional and exceptional workmanship in restoring the one-of-a-kind Eagles Nest Monument to its original glory on the Historic National Road.”

Known as Eagles Nest, the large granite rock commemorates the experimental paving of a 29-mile section of the National Road from Zanesville to Hebron between 1914 and 1916. Arch W. Smith, of the Ohio State Highway Department called the newly paved highway “the model concrete road of the world.” Chiseled in the granite rock are renderings of a Conestoga wagon, an early automobile, and the distances to Columbus (32 miles) and Cumberland, Maryland (220 miles).

The Ohio National Road Association’s award program recognizes individuals and organizations doing their part to help preserve, promote, and enhance the Historic National Road in Ohio. A Milestone Leadership Award and a Milestone Preservation Award acknowledge the service of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio.

Past recipients of the Milestone Preservation Award in Belmont County have included the Belmont County Commissioners in 2014 for sponsoring the rehabilitation of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence (now the Belmont County Heritage Museum) and the Morristown Historic Preservation Association in 2013 for saving and restoring The Black Horse Inn in Morristown.  Award winners have been honored for preserving sites along the National Road in Springfield, Zanesville, Lafayette, Lewisburg, and Columbus.

The Ohio National Road Association, Inc. (ONRA) was formed in 2000 to preserve, promote, and enhance the Historic National Road in Ohio for present and future generations. ONRA is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization led by an elected executive committee and a board of directors made up of two representatives from each of the 10 National Road counties in Ohio, as well as ‘at-large’ and ex-officio members.  For more information about ONRA and the Milestone Award, visit ohionationalroad.org/milestone-award.

(l-r): Ohio National Road Association Belmont County Representative John S. Marshal, Mark White of Angelina Stone & Marble, and ONRA member Jeff Aland. ONRA  recently presented the prestigious Milestone Historic Preservation Award to Angelina Stone & Marble of Bridgeport for their work restoring the Eagles Nest Monument in Licking County.