The 19th anniversary of the National Road Yard Sale will be held from June 1 to 5. The event began in 2003 as a way to promote tourism and local businesses along the historic route.
The first year the festival was limited to Indiana. With the help of tourism bureaus, newspapers, TV news, social media and word of mouth, the National Road Yard Sale event is now held annually on the first Wednesday after Memorial Day through the following Sunday in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
The National Road, in many places known as US Route 40, was built between 1811 and 1834 to reach the western settlements. It was the first federally-funded road in U.S. history and stretches from Baltimore, Maryland to St. Louis, Missouri. The yard sale provides travelers with the opportunity to explore the many attractions on the "road that built the nation." The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia Illinois, James Whitcomb Riley Museum in Greenfield, Indiana, historic Uniontown in Pennsylvania, and the Zane Grey National Road Museum in Norwich can all be found along the road.
The goal of the sale is to have each community participate to make the event one long festival along the route. The yard sale festival is an opportunity to showcase the old pike towns, and past sales have drawn in thousands of people to the areas.
Sales days may vary in communities.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: National Road Yard Sale set for June 1-5