Old National Road West

Old National Road - West


The Road That Built A Nation”

The National Road was one of the first infrastructure projects undertaken by a young, vigorous United States in 1806. In our colonial years, and the time after the American Revolution, building a road in the western territories meant two things: cut the trees down to clear a path wide enough for a wagon to fit between the trees, and, cut the trees low enough to the ground so the wagon axles could pass over the stumps. Now, Congress has authorized a high quality road- dozens of feet wide, and surfaced with gravel to allow easier passage in wet weather! This road opened the interior of the new country to settlement and development. Planned originally to reach St Louis, MO, and  beyond to Jefferson City, economic downturns, as well as competition from steamships and railroads caused Congress to end funding in 1839, resulting in the end of the road in Vandalia, IL.

Join us as we travel the route of The Old National Road. It is a journey through the lives and fortunes of the people that built the United States, from its beginning near Baltimore, to the end at Vandalia, IL. Along the way, we will explore historic sites from our colonial days to the modern day.

Old National Road West travels from Richmond, IN to Vandalia, ILMay 15 to May 24, 2022

Visits to the Model T Museum, Richmond Downtown Jazz and Blues Walking tour, Levi Coffin House Museum, the Wayne County History  Museum, Eli Lilley Civil War Museum, USS Indianapolis Memorial, Veterans War Memorial, Clabber Girl Museum, Vigo County History Museum, Candles Holocaust Museum, Lincolns State Capitol in Vandalia IL, and the My Garage Corvette and Volkswagen Museum are planned.

This segment is a ten day caravan, covering the western portion of the Old National Road. Members who wish to see the entire Old National Road will need to book all three caravans. If you book two or all three segments, you will pay only one caravan registration ($25) fee.

Start Date:  5/15/2022
Starting  Location:  Richmond, IN

Stop Date:  5/24/2022
Stop Location:  Effingham, IL

Total Number of Nights:  9
Number of Stops:  3

Leaders & WBCCI #:   Tom and Vicki Ketchum, # 5809
Tom cell phone:  317-339-5777
Vicki cell phone:    812-322-6075
Email:  tvketchum@sbcglobal.net

Co-Leader & WBCCI #:  TBD

Maximum RV Units/With Leader:  22

Kitty Fee w/2:  $1300.00
Kitty Fee w/1:  $1050.00
Guest:              $300.00
Deposit Amount:  $250.00 by 5/13/2021

Dates of Payments (if applicable)
          1.  $525.00 by 10/13/2021
          2.  $525.00 by 1/27/2022

Cancellation Fee:$100 plus non-recovered expenses                 

Leaders discretion after: 1/27/2022