National Road (Cambridge, Ohio)
||This article relies entirely upon a single source, the National Register Information System (NRIS) database or one of its mirrors. Articles based solely on the NRIS may contain errors. (November 2013)|
Peacock Road, aka Old National Road
|Nearest city||Cambridge, Ohio|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||State of Ohio|
|NRHP Reference #||85001842|
|Added to NRHP||August 23, 1985|
The National Road was authorized by President Thomas Jefferson on March 29, 1806 and reached out to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The road was later expanded to stretch to Jefferson City, Missouri. The road closely followed Zane's Trace, an earlier path, and came through the Guernsey County area around 1838.
The road currently known as Peacock Road contains original brick sections of 1918 construction. However, due to costs, parts of the road were left unpaved until World War II, when the road was used for war shipment. Local inmates were used as a cost saving method to brick up the sections. When Route 40 was diverted north of this section, the old road was unknowingly saved for posterity.
The Road Today
The road is officially closed to tour buses and large trucks, as they will damage the brick that almost entirely lines the route. Along this section can be seen an old 1877 farm house and the former Center Township Hall. There are only two residences located along this route, which lends to the realisitic historic setting.