The Historic National Road
The Historic National Road in Indiana from Richmond to Terre Haute!
The Historic National Road was the very first federally funded highway in our nation's history. Originally conceived by George Washington, and later officially commissioned by Thomas Jefferson's administration the National Road facilitated the largest land migration in U.S. history! New territories were being opened for settlement and thousands of people traveled westward seeking opportunity. Towns formed quickly along the route because of the economic benefits it brought. As towns developed inns, taverns, and other services for travelers sprung up along the road. These unique communities and historic landmarks can still be experienced today as the tradition to serve travelers continues. Make history, Drive it!
The Historic National Road was designated an Indiana Scenic Byway in 1996 and a National Scenic Byway in 1998 to recognize the route's historic importance. In 2002 the Historic National Road was given All-American Road Status which is the highest designation a historic road can receive! Many have worked hard to protect, preserve and promote the Historic National Road's route so that you can experience it today. Click on the counties below to see unique sites along the National Road and find links to local tourism bureaus where you can get additional information on things to do on or near Indiana's Historic National Road. You can also check out our interpretive panels across the National Road in Indiana! These panels tell the story of the road with one located in nearly every Indiana National Road community. Locations can be found on our website page here!