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National Road Interpretive Center

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Small, but well done

Travelers 2 married adults – no children. Signage / Parking Lot Grade: B There is a small parking... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
X-Country Road Trip

Small museum on a side street in Vandalia. Lots of interesting photos and exhibits, and a short... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
106 S 5th St, Vandalia, IL 62471-2702
+1 618-283-9380
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

Travelers 2 married adults – no children. Signage / Parking Lot Grade: B There is a small parking lot to the right of the building. There isn’t a large sign, but we found it. Since it is a “Route 40” interpretive center, I guess I...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Small museum on a side street in Vandalia. Lots of interesting photos and exhibits, and a short interpretive film. Nice to do this in conjunction with the courthouse tour.

Thank propwash05
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We learned so much in a short visit. Hostess gave us tour, it's not a large place, but well done. I think there's much historical stuff to see in the area, but we were on a schedule. This museum highlights an important part of our...More

Thank VHS-65
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Also known as the "Road That Built The Nation," the Historic National Road was created in 1806 by legislation signed by President Thomas Jefferson. Originally winding from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois, it was a superhighway of dirt, rock and timber that opened Illinois to...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Took my 8yr old grandson, and we really enjoyed it! Mrs Truitt made it fun to learn. The covered wagon display gives a real look at what travel looked and felt like. Our visit was interesting and fun, both of us learned alot.

1  Thank Booker92
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a great place to learn about the Historic National Trail, US Highway 40. Great artifacts, pictures, maps, and videos. It is also great to piggyback with the Old State Capitol in Vandalia.

1  Thank Dana S
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We had spent time on the National Road through a half dozen states by the time we had reached Vandalia, the end of the National Road which started originally in mid-Maryland. We had seen many National Road Centers on the trip and I have to...More

1  Thank aplutzer
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stumbled upon this while looking for the State House and so glad we did. It is small but very interesting. We learned things about this highway that we had no knowledge about. There is a free color book for the kids to learn about...More

Thank heart2heaven
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Check it out of you are in town. An interesting history of the first major road into the western states. The volunteers put a lot of work into the museum and they are happy to show you around. When I was there, one of the...More

Thank Crackerbow
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I am fascinated with the history of travel across our country, and with the National Road in the Midwest in particular. If you have any interest in our country's history and how people got from "here" to "there" before the railroads, this museum is worth...More

Thank Ray Q
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