Celebrating 42 years of the National Road Festival



Celebrating 42 years of the National Road Festival
Celebrating 42 years of the
National Road Festival
May 15th - 17th, 2015
“America’s Road to Revolution ”
he Historic National Road was America’s first federally funded highway. Sometimes referred to as the
National Pike, portions of the Road’s original trace still exist today while other sections have been
overlaid by U.S. Route 40. In its heyday, the Historic National Road was traveled by more than 200,000
people per year either heading west to the frontier or east bringing their livestock or goods to market. They
traveled through Pennsylvania by stagecoach, Conestoga Wagon, horseback or on foot. The famous and the
unknown left their marks at many well-known sites in Addison, Hopwood, Uniontown, Brier Hill,
Brownsville, West Brownsville, Centerville, Beallsville, Scenery Hill, Washington, Claysville, and West
Today, many residents from these Historic National Road communities are preserving the Road’s legacy.
And everyone, young and old, enjoys the excitement of the National Road Festival, which has been held every
year on the third weekend in May.
Travel the Road during the Festival and discover, antiques, ethnic foods, re-enactors, local artists and
crafters, and music. Explore toll houses and museums, visit National Park sites or just enjoy the ride through
this historic countryside. The Festival is a celebration of the uniqueness of the towns and villages along the
Road. The most amazing site to see is the reenactment of the Historic National Road’s transportation
history—the Wagon Train. This living history is the centerpiece of the National Road Festival.
ravel the entire Historic National Road . . . 600 miles through 6 states from Cumberland, Maryland
to Vandalia, Illinois. The road passes through the western portion of Maryland and the southwest
corner of Pennsylvania, across the panhandle of West Virginia, through south central Ohio, Indiana
and southern Illinois. The entire road is a National Scenic Byway—All American Road. For more
information, maps and directions of all the Historic National Road states visit www.byways.org .
Sponsored by Old PetersburgAddison Historical Society
Thursday, May 14
8am –12:00pm– Toll House Stamp Cancellation
available at Addison Post Office
9am-2:30pm Humbertson one-room school
(open for classes )
9am-3:00pm –Addison Museum, Frederick
Augustine Welcoming Center (open)
9am-3:00pm– Petersburg Toll House (open)
3:30pm - Wagon Train may be seen on the
National Road & camping near Addison PA
Friday, May 15
8:30am - The Wagon train heads west from
8am –12:00pm– Toll House Stamp Cancellation
available at Addison Post Office
9am - 2:30pm - Humbertson One-Room School
House (open for classes)
9am-3:00pm - Addison Museum/Frederick
Augustine History House-Welcoming Center
9am-2:30pm– Petersburg /AddisonToll House
Saturday, May 16
8am –12:00pm– Toll House Stamp Cancellation
available at Addison Post Office
9am - 4pm –Open House at the School house
Gym & Studio (living history featured at historic
9am - 4pm - Town wide Yard sale
10am -1860’s baseball played at ball field
behind the Cemetery (Addison, Rockwood &
Pittsburgh teams to play)
10am-4pm Food by Country Lane Lambs-Crafts
& Wool Products (church parking lot)
10am-5pm –Participating Artists of the
Turkeyfoot Highlands (PATH) beside Lutheran
1:00pm-3:00pm –The Bear Hill Blue Grass
Bank on porch across from Lutheran Church
2:00pm-4:00pm -Museum, History House,
7pm Live Theater - at Addison UN Church
Social Hall “The Boss’s House” (free admission)
Cake auction during intermission.
Sunday, May 17
9am-10:15am– Community Church Service w/
Blessing of the Pets at Addison UN Church
10am –4pm –Town wide Yard Sale
10am-5pm –Participating Artists of the
Turkeyfoot Highlands (PATH)-beside the
Lutheran Church
10am-4pm– Food by Country Lane LambsCrafts & Woolen products available.
11:15am-3pm-Antique/Classic Car Show (Main
Street)-Lutheran Church Parking lot) Music by
11am-1pm - Firemen’s Chicken Barbecue at
Fire hall on Rt. 40
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1pm-4pm-Addison Museum,
Frederick August History HouseWelcoming Center, Humbertson
School House (student art displayopen)
1pm-4pm– Petersburg Toll House –
Historic Village
of Hopwood
Saturday, May 16
8:00am –flea market
10am - Carnival, food vendors &
Noon - Wagon Train stops for
lunch at Hopwood Fitness Center
(Line up for parade begins at 12
noon at Fire Dept parking lot )
1pm– The renowned Hopwood
Parade will be held on the
National Road (which will be
closed to traffic during this time)
1:30pm - Wagon Train proceeds
through the village
For more information, please call
Lauren at 724-366-1510
(Farmington )
Sat. & Sun. May 16 & 17th –10pm4pm
Tours of the tavern sponsored by the
Friends of Fort Necessity.
Tours of this National Road Stagecoach
stop, will be Saturday and Sunday -10am
to 4pm. Entrance fees apply -Visitors
must check in at the Fort Necessity
Visitor Center before coming to the
Tavern. FMI: 724-329-5811.
Mt. St. Macrina
Saturday, May 17
3:00pm –Approximate arrival of
Wagon Train.
Stop by Mt Macrina and chat with
members of the Wagon Train.
FMI Contact: Sister Barbara Jean at
Toll House
Saturday - May 16 11am - 4pm
Guided Tours
Sunday, May 17 Noon - 4pm
Guided tours
Admission both days : Adults -$2.00;
$1.00 /student -Children 12 & under
(Sponsored by Fayette County
Historical Society for more info call
724-439-4422 )
City of Uniontown
(sponsored by UDBDA -Main St
Saturday, May 16 8:00am-4:00pm Join Union Station Clubhouse for their
annual Yard Sale fundraiser next to
12:00noon to 4:00pm - Take a
guided tour of the Courthouse with
John Svokos’ UAHS students
Enjoy afternoon of acoustic music at
Storey Square with guests Jesse
Dayton, Jaquar Mountain Rundown,
Mike Ferencak & Nuddy Trifiro and
the Craigs, David & Mary Beth (hosted
by Phillip & Diane Crawford from
More Bad News)
*Have a bite to eat at the local
*Find deals in downtown shops
Welcome the wagon train as they
make their way along Main Street
between 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
Grannys Treasures
(7268 National Pike)
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 &
17th- 9am—5pm
Annual Pike Days Craft Show
All locally made crafts
Come Celebrate Our Heritage, Our
Heroes & Our History
FMI visit www.claysvillepa.com
Abel Colley
Saturday & Sunday -May 16 & 17 ,11am
-4pm “Made in Fayette, It’s Furniture ”
Exhibit will feature some of the best
examples of early cabinet makers works.
Also on display, antique furniture making
tools with Vince Karolewics and
demonstration on how they are used.
Pete Pasqua demonstrating his carving
and will have pieces for sell.
2:00pm—Tom Buckelew will give lecture
on dating antique furniture using
drawers, legs and hardware to teach
different styles.
Both days include Civil War re-enactors,
Captain Robert Towarnicki of the 105th
Co E. Birneys Division presenting living
history. He will be joined by members
dressed in period style costumes.
Entrance fee $5 for adults; $3 for teens
and under 12-free (Parking in rear of
Museum) FMI - 724-439-4422
National Pike Steam, Gas
& Horse Assoc.
May 16 & 17th “Largest Digging
Show in the USA” & New Museum!
Shingle Making
Rope Making
Saw Mill
Primitive Camping
Rock Crushers
Antique cars & trucks
Wagon & horse rides
Pedal power tractor pull
Steam Engines
Live entertainment
Blacksmith shop …..
And much more
FMI - Call 724-785-6855
Saturday, May 16 12pm—8:00pm “Spirit of the River” Wine and Arts
Festival—The town of Ohiopyle and
surrounding community will be hosting
a Wine, Arts and Music Festival. The
mission of the festival is to raise funds
for the operation and maintenance of
Ohiopyle Boro., Ohiopyle Stewart
Community Center & Ohiopyle –
Stewart Volunteer Fire Dept.
Fri & Sat -May 15 and 16 9am –2:00pm Flea Market (BARC fundraiser) in the
Taylor Building—200 Bank Street.
@ Frank L. Melega Art Museum - Artist
of the Pike “The Half Time Show” Laurie
Longenecker, fine arts painter and award
winning graphic designer.
Saturday, May 16 1:00pm-5:00pm– Meet
the Artist reception. Free to public.
Sunday, May 17 Art Exhibition is open
1pm-5pm. Museum is open weekdays from
10am to 2:30pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm,
by appointment. FMI call 724-785-9331 or
visit www.melegaartmuseum.org
Brownsville Drive –In
Saturday, May 16 - 7am—4pm
Flea Market Antiques & craft vendors
welcome. Reserve your spot, $15.00. Call
Scenery Hill
Saturday, May 16
10:00am - Opening ceremony
10:30am - B& B Performing Arts
12:00 noon –Keith Wilson
1:00 pm—Spirit & Grace
1:30pm - Wagon Train Arrives
3:00pm—The Doo Dads
4:30pm - Hollow Lines
6:30pm - The Majors (with special
appearance, drummer Avery Molek)
Sunday, May 17
9:30am - Community Church Service
10:30am - Wind & Waves
12:00 noon—Kenny & Chip
1:00pm - Tap n’ Toes Dance Studio
2:00pm - Deborah’s School of Dance
3:00pm—Old Skool
6:00pm—Rogues Gallery
Dusk - Fireworks
Food, crafts and fun for the whole family both
Saturday and Sunday, throughout the village
For more info call: Jan 724-945-5273
Stop by and visit the shops: Elves Lair, Elves
Lair Gallery, Craft by Renee, Velvet Envelope,
Two Old Crows, Jan’s Tea Shoppe, Westerwald
Pottery and Boney’s House of Groom
Fri –Sun -May 15,16 & 17
History Tours:
Friday -noon –5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday –11:00am-5:00pm
Adults- $8.00; children 12 and under
Ghost Tours:
Friday & Saturday-6:00pm-10:00pm
Adults-$9.00; children 12 and under
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am -?
Festival activities to include: food,
entertainment, craft –vendors,
colonial & Civil War encampments
FMI Call 724-785-6882 or visit
Monongahela River, RR &
& Transportation Museum
Saturday & Sunday -May 16th &
The museum will welcome visitors by
appointment only. No admission
charge but donations are accepted.
Group tours available also by
FMI on the museum, or to make
appointment call 412-582-7154.
Waleski Horse Farm
38 Emery Road
Friday, Saturday & Sunday -May
Come join us for our 22nd year of
celebrating the National Road. Bluegrass music Friday & Saturday
evening, numerous vendors selling
treasures, kettle corn, pottery, homemade soaps, funnel cakes, hot dogs,
BBQ chicken dinners and much
more. Come to watch the wagon
train pull in on Sunday at 11:00am.
Come early and stay late. Plenty of
on site parking and port-a -johns
available. FMI please call Bunny at
The Historic National Road Cumberland, MD to Vandalia, IL
National Road Wagon Train 42 Years Old and Still Growing
“America’s Road to Revolution”
Welcome to the National Pike Wagon Train Association’s “42nd National
Road Festival” by heading( East to West), as the pioneers of old, on the
first national road, Wagon Master Doc Sherry along with assistant wagon
Master Don Myers, leading wagon train encamping on Wednesday, May
13th -in Grantsville, Maryland; Thursday, May 14th, “Wagons Ho!”
heading to Addison PA- encampment at Precision Pallet ; on May
15th continuing onto Farmington VFD, with a stop at AJ McMullen
School for lunch and let the children have a chance to get out of class and
see the train up close and personal; Saturday –16th you can see the
train heading down the summit with a stop for lunch in Hopwood
then on their way to Mt. St. Macrina, Uniontown, where they will rest
and have something to eat before heading back home.
Wagon Train (West-East) headed by Wagon Master JD Ridenour -Friday
May 15 start out in the AM in Claysville and camp out in Washington
Park overnight; Saturday arrive in Scenery Hill around 2:00pm 3:00pm for super and camp overnight; Sunday arrive at Waleski Farm
for lunch around 12:00noon heading to National Pike Steam, Gas &
Horse Association around 2-3:00pm and 4:00 wagon train breaks up.
Pioneers will be in costume, horses will be in harness and everyone else will
be ready to go....ya all come by now, ya hear!
Stop to visit the interpretive Kiosks on your
drive along the Historic National Road:
“Jefferson & Gallatin” –Uniontown (Main St);
“The Tollkeeper”– in Addison (Toll House);
“Off to Market”-Uniontown (Searight Toll
House) “The Whiskey Rebellion” Washington -(S Main St) and
“Letters from the Road” –Farmington
(Summit Inn) For brochure call 724-437-9877
National Pike Wagon Train Association (Westbound) - Doc Sherry, Wagon
Master- 724-329-4736
Wagoniers Wagon Train (Eastbound) - J.D. Ritenour, Wagon Master, 724-5706540
Historic Sites & Museums
Nemacolin Castle
Old Petersburg/Addison Museum
Addison, Somerset County
814-395-3469 Call for appointment
Brownsville, Fayette County
Old Petersburg Toll House
814-395-5574 or 5580
Bradford House
Washington, Washington County
Mount Washington Tavern
Ft. Necessity, Farmington, Fayette County
LeMoyne House & Gardens
Washington, Washington County
Searight Toll House /Abel Colley Tavern
Uniontown, Fayette County
PA Trolley Museum
Washington, Washington County
Flatiron Building Heritage Center
Frank L. Melega Art Museum
Brownsville, Fayette County
National Road Heritage Corridor
Uniontown, PA
Office- 724-437-9877
Most of the activities of the National Road Festival are coordinated by
volunteers. The information in this brochure was compiled from many
sources. We have done our best to include accurate information. However,
many activities are taking place for which no information was received, and
scheduled activities and times may be changed after this brochure goes to print.
If you have a particular interest, contact the sponsoring groups directly for
information. Please respect the fact that most of the contacts are volunteering
their time and talents on behalf of the National Road Festival.
For camping information, please contact Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
at 800-333-5661 and Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency at