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A quick quiz on the National Road

1. Where did the National Road (Cumberland Road) begin?

For a couple of decades, the road followed Greene Street to Haystack before funds became available to build the bridges and the roadbed through the Narrows. That’s why the zero mile marker for the National Road is in the island at the intersection of Greene Street and Bridge Street.

2. How did the saying “I’ll be there with bells on” originate?

On the National Road! Conestoga wagon owners adorned their harnesses with bells to alert other travelers. Waggoners also used the bells to thank others who helped them. Getting to your destination with all bells intact usually meant that you had no problems along the way.