January 10, 2013

New Website Promotes the Maryland Historic National Road

For Immediate Release

WEST FRIENDSHIP (December 28, 2012) – The Maryland National Road Association is pleased to launch a new website that promotes the Maryland Historic National Road. The site is formatted in both desktop and mobile formats.

Educators, historians and byway travelers will be fascinated with the history of both the Maryland and National sections of the byway.  In addition, users can find event information in all eight jurisdictions, suggested itineraries and historic images from yesterday and well know icons that are still visible today.  The site contains helpful driving tips for those interested in traveling the original alignments, locating mile markers, toll houses, stone bridges and fifty-seven interpretive panels that tell the story of the Road.  The website also provides a list of useful resources for those interested in preservation efforts and for planning of both residential and commercial development along the historic corridor.  Road talk and suggested driving tunes provide the user with a whimsical look at the spirit of driving.

The MNRA would like to thank its board of directors and long-time member, Lorna Hainesworth for providing time, images, knowledge and materials for the site, which was funded by a National Scenic Byways grant.

The Maryland National Road Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the Maryland portion (170 miles) of America’s first, federally funded highway. The Road has the designation of an All American Road through the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byway Program.  Starting in Baltimore, the Road travels along the “Baltimore National Pike” through urban and suburban neighborhoods to the farms and forests of Western Howard and Eastern Frederick counties. From the City of Frederick the route travels across Catoctin Mountain and then through a series of ridges and valleys westward to the Allegheny Plateau.  At Cumberland, the route meets the origins of the federally funded section of the Historic National Road and milepost “0” where it continues through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and terminates in Vandalia, Illinois.

For more information on the Maryland Historic National Road, please contact byway manager, Tiffany Ahalt at or (240) 626-0963.