Last spring over Memorial Day weekend I drove the National Road across Ohio. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know I wrote about the trip at great length here all summer. I always write an exhaustive trip report for my main Web site, and I finally found time to finish it. The long reports always contain details that didn’t make the blog. To read the complete story, click here: The National Road in Ohio
Here’s a preview of the kind of good stuff you’ll find in the long trip report.
In the rugged terrain of eastern Ohio, 20th-century improvements to US 40 left plenty of old National Road alignments behind. One of them in Guernsey County is signed as Best Road.
There are two reasons I stopped to photograph Best Road. The first was that it towers over current US 40.
The road’s realignment cut out a pretty steep hill, making US 40 safer and faster. Here’s where the hill crests.
The second reason I stopped was this great old house. It dates to the 1870s and was originally home to Civil War veteran Oliver Barnett. It’s a “homegrown home” – the lumber used to build it came from trees on the property. Even the stone in its foundation was quarried here.
For this photo, I squatted down trying to get the tree branches to serve as kind of a frame for the scene. I couldn’t avoid having them block the roof, unfortunately!
Hidden gems like this are why I like to follow the old alignments!
Click here for a list of everything I’ve blogged about the National Road.