National Road Heritage Foundation

Annual James Shaull Wagon Train Festival in Washington County

Our Mission

By 1926, Irvington thrived as a neighborhood main street, complete with its own theater.

The National Road Heritage Foundation (NRHF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural & historic resources situated along the Historic National Road and to encourage visitors to experience the recreational, cultural and educational opportunities that lie in the villages, towns, cities and countryside of the Nation’s first publicly funded interstate highway and All American Road.

The NRHF also preserves and manages the last standing trolley station in Washington County, Maryland.

Goals of the NRHF include:

  • Develop and enhance the Maryland portion of the National Road to attract visitors
  • Increase tourism and economic development
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Preserve the intrinsic values of the Road

National Road Heritage Foundation

Road Talk

“I got stumped”

– in the very early days, travelers used newly cut paths that often include tree stumps.  Sometimes higher stumps created impassable conditions with those traveling in large wagons.