Lodging and Dining
Inns and taverns are the most celebrated commercial property types from the heyday of the National Road. They reflect the extraordinary historical development of the road as a route for immigration and commerce when travel was slow and arduous—by horse, wagon, carriage or stagecoach over a rough and unpredictable road. Much like today, inns and taverns were established on the road to cater to travelers.
Large numbers of inns and taverns existed along the National Road in its heyday; but less than 40 remain today. These buildings remain in use as museums, restaurants, commercial businesses, and private homes.
In Maryland visitors can experience Town Hill in Allegany County, the InnBoonsBoro in Boonsboro, the Candlelight Inn in Catonsville, as well as various inns along main street in Ellicott City.
In the early days, taverns and inns satisfied travelers’ hunger and thirst as well as providing a place of rest for weary travelers and animals.
Today, there are many great opportunities to dine along the National Road. From small diners to upscale restaurants, one can eat his or her way from Baltimore City to Garrett County.
Some of the historic inns that exist along the Maryland National Road include the Casselman Inn (Grantsville), Old South Mountain Inn (Washington County), Silver Maple (formerly known as Hagan’s Tavern in Braddock Heights) and Mealey’s (New Market).
Visit our Maryland Partners Page for more information on lodging, dining and shopping opportunities in all eight jurdisdictions of the Maryland National Road from Baltimore City to Grantsville.
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“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.