The Washington Tavern on the National Road

Near the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania there is a “National Road” that runs by and there sits a beautiful classic house/ Inn called the Washington Tavern.  This is a huge brick structure that has been here nearly 200 years. The “National Road” is right out front and was the first major road to be built from the East Coast to the Western Frontier. Before reading the sign, I thought the road we were on was just another road, but it was the famous National Road proposed by George Washington himself. Congress passed the legislation to have it made and under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It was started in 1811 and eventually stretched 600 miles. Its success led to the National Interstate system of roads later in the United States.


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Written by JessButtery

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