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The National Road - West Virginia

Although it only winds through West Virginia's Northern Panhandle for less than 20 miles, there is a lot of history on US 40 hidden from the hustling traffic on nearby Interstate 70.

West Virginia Historical Marker for The National Road (Mike Austing)
Heimberger House, which is located at Roney's Point, is the home of one of the oldest stone buildings used for commerce along the pike.  It is known today as the 'Old Stone House.'
The Old Stone House (Barb and John Bee)
Elm Grove and Wheeling Park, both near the city of Wheeling, have many various items of the National Road and National Old Trails Road history present.  At the intersection of US 40 and WV 88 over Wheeling Creek, a historical marker signifies the historical features of the bridge that crosses it.
(Barb and John Bee)
Further down the highway in Wheeling Park is the location of one of the twelve 'Madonna of the Trail' monuments located in the United States.  These statues were erected in the late 1920's as a tribute to spirit of the pioneer woman, by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The statues were designed by sculptor August Leimbach.

Madonna of the Trail Statue in Wheeling Park (Barb and John Bee)
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