Route: 40, Washington, Fayette and Somerset Counties
Crossing 90 miles of southwestern Pennsylvania, America’s first federally-funded highway is mile after gorgeous mile of history, wildlife, and culture. The Historic National Road is a topographic wonder, with its roots in early trails cut through the woods by Indians marking paths for George Washington and General Braddock. The Whiskey Rebellion started here in the 1790’s, and in the 1800’s the road opened the land west of the Alleghenies to pioneers and traders.
Slow down and hit must-see attractions like Fort Necessity National Battlefield, where the French and Indian War began in 1754, and Braddock’s gravesite. Save time for the Addison and Searights Tollhouses, the “S” bridge, stone taverns and inns, and Brownsville with its Northside Historic District. Nearby, Nemacolin Castle overlooks the Monongahela River and recalls the town’s boomtown heyday.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield commemorates the events surrounding the start of the French and Indian War. The main park unit contains the reconstructed Fort Necessity, the historic Mount Washington Tavern, a picnic area, and hiking trails. At the Interpretive and Education Center, the... Read More >
The three most important factors in the growth of America were its rivers, its roadways, and finally its railroads. Brownsville, Pennsylvania profited from all three. Its rich and diverse history and the heroic efforts of its contemporary citizens have kept its historic integrity intact and are... Read More >
The Brownsville Historical Society operates historic Nemacolin Castle on Front St. in Brownsville, Pa. Come and visit us! Step back in time to America's frontier period, the trading post era of 1789, to the Colonial era of 1814, and to the Victorian era of 1850. Located just off U.S. Route 40 ... Read More >