Nichole Hannahs

Caravan of Bells

by Nichole Hannahs on May 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

A caravan of cars collect bells as they travel the National Road.

The cars began their travel in Vandalia, Illinois the end of the National Road and are working their way to the beginning in Cumberland, Maryland. Along the way they are collecting commemorative bells that represent the bells once put on wagons to entertain the travelers.

"The bells were different so they had different tone, but our commemorative set started with one bell in Illinois, they added the Indiana bell and we added our bell on Tuesday in Richmond and they’ll add the West Virginia bell later Thursday when they hand the bells over in West Virginia," said Immediate Past President of the National Road Association Cindie Gerken.

The National Road is celebrating the 200th year of the groundbreaking of the road. Creating the roadway wasn’t as easy as it is today. Workers then had to chop down trees, clear stumps and lay down rock.

"In Ohio in Preble County which is our furthermost westbound county, which borders Indiana it was still unpaved in 1925," said Gerken.

That is 114 years after the groundbreaking. The caravan of cars will stop in Cumberland Saturday the exact day of the groundbreaking.