Friday, September 23, 2011

The Casselman Inn

Judy and I left Sunny Meadows and, in about an hour and 1/2, arrived at The Casselman Inn in Grantsville Maryland, for a bite of lunch.

The food at the historic inn is always good.

Built in 1824, The Casselman was one of the numerous inns along the National Trail to serve the stage coaches, covered wagons, drovers and riders that made the Old Pike the busiest thoroughfare crossing the mountains.

US Route 40 travels in front of the Casselman, it is probably the most historic road crossing the Appalachian Mountains. Originally an Indian trail known as Nemacolin's Path, it became a military road when General Braddock marched west from Fort Cumberland in 1755 on his ill-fated expedition to Fort Duquesne. For 25 years this rough military road was the main route of travel connecting the East with the Ohio Valley.

Early in the nineteenth century the National Congress appropriated funds to rebuild the road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia, and thus it became our first national highway.

We enjoy stopping by and dining at this inn as we travel Interstate 68.


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