Indiana National Road Association
|A National Road landmark in its own right, Indiana Landmarks' Huddleston Farmhouse also houses the Indiana National Road Heritage Site.|
While the word “scenic” may conjure images of purple mountains or rolling pastures, it also applies to historic routes like the old National Road, where the appeal is more historical than picturesque.
Indiana Landmarks formed the Indiana National Road Association (INRA) in 1994, charging the group with preservation and promotion along the historic National Road (now US 40) and pursuit of National Scenic Byway designation for the route, the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway.
INRA not only successfully achieved the National Scenic Byway designation, in 2002 the entire Historic National Road—through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois—was designated as an All-American Road for its historical and cultural significance. It became the longest byway traversing the greatest number of states to receive this honor.
Today INRA focuses on preservation of historic places along US 40 in Indiana, and works to promote it as a visitor-friendly corridor. INRA is staffed by Indiana Landmarks and operates out of our Huddleston Farmhouse Museum in Cambridge City.
The Huddleston Farmhouse also houses the National Road Heritage Site, where exhibits offer modern-day travelers a vivid picture of cross-country travel on the Historic National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois -- from the pioneer era to the present.
For more information, contact Indiana Landmarks' Eastern Regional Office, or visit www.indiananationalroad.org.