Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

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Historic National Road - Pennsylvania Itinerary for a 1 day RV Holiday

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Day 1

Start: Old Petersburg Toll House

Start your tour at the Old Petersburg Toll House in Addison. The Old Petersburg Toll House is one of six original toll houses on Historic National Road and one of the two remaining toll houses you will see on the trip.

Stop 1: Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Directions from previous place:     Head north on Toll House Road. Turn left onto U.S. 40. Turn left into the Fort Necessity National Battlefield.
Distance from Previous Site:         15 miles / 24.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    19 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Visitors can see the site where George Washington led his forces in one of the most famous battles of the French and Indian War. Learn more about the battle as well as the Historic National Road at the Fort Necessity/ National Road Education and Interpretive Center.

Stop 2: Braddock’s Grave

Directions from previous place:     Take a left on to U.S. 40 and drive approximately one mile. The NPS site will be on your left.
Distance from Previous Site:          4.2 miles / 6.7 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     7 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        15 minutes

View the grave of British Major General Edward Braddock, leader of an ill-fated expedition to the forks of the Ohio River to try to capture French-held Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War.

Stop 3: Coal and Coke Heritage Center

Directions from previous place:     Turn right onto U.S. 40 west from Braddock’s Grave and continue on U.S. 40. U.S. 40 bypass becomes U.S. 119 when U.S. 40 exits at Main Street in Uniontown. Follow Route 119 and turn left into the PENN State Eberly Campus.
Distance from Previous Site:         17.8 miles / 28.5 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    23 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Coal played an integral role in the development of the Connellsville Coke Region. At the heritage center, learn about the development of coke, a refined type of coal used to smelt iron.

Stop 4: Searight Toll House

Directions from previous place:     Head southeast on Penn State Campus and turn right onto U.S. 119. Turn right onto U.S. 40.
Distance from Previous Site:           9.6 miles / 15.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    11 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Named for tavern owner William Searight, the toll house is one of six toll houses along Historic National Road and the second on our trip. Thousands of travelers paid tolls here while journeying along the road.

Stop 5: Brownsville

Directions from previous place:     Turn left onto U.S. 40 and continue west. Turn left on Market St where you enter Brownsville’s North Side Historic District.
Distance from Previous Site:          7.6 miles / 12.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:  13 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          1 hour

In Brownsville, you can discover more of the byway’s history. You can visit Nemacolin Castle, the Flatiron Building Heritage Center or several historic churches dating back to 1845. Visit your choice of two bridges built in the 1830s – the Flatiron Bridge or the Dunlap Creek Bridge.

Stop 6: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Directions from previous place:     Return to W U .S. 40 and continue to the junction of N U.S. 79. Take N U.S. 79 which joins E U.S. 70. Stay on N U.S. 79 and take the Meadowlands exit, Exit 40. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Head north on Pike Street. Turn left onto Country Club Rd. Turn right onto North Main Street and bear left at the next intersection. Travel .5 miles on Museum Road and Turn left where you enter the parking lot.
Distance from Previous Site:           27.5 miles / 44.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     45 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour 30 minutes

Follow the development of the Historic National Road at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. At the museum, guests can take a tour on a trolley and see nearly 50 preserved trolleys in addition to photographs and video clips.

End: S Bridge

Directions from previous place:     Head northwest on Museum Road. Turn left onto Main St. Continue straight onto Oak Grove Road. Turn left onto Henderson Ave/ PA 18. Turn left onto Jefferson Ave. Turn right onto Chestnut St/ U.S. 40. Turn right onto S. Bridge Rd/ PA 221.
Distance from Previous Site:           9.3 miles / 14.9 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:   19 minutes

Visit the S Bridge in Buffalo Township and see one of the engineering feats of the National Road. Walk across the bridge, built in the early 19th century, and marvel at its architecture.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     91 miles / 145.6 km
Total Travel Time:                 2 hours 17 minutes
Total Stopping Time:            4 hours 15 minutes

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