ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The National Road Wagon Train will make its way through Belmont County on June 2 and 3. This event includes wagons pulled by horses or mules, covered wagons and horseback riders. Anyone is welcome to join in with a team of their own, etc.
The wagons gather at a private residence on Country Club Road on the west end of St. Clairsville on Saturday and then travel westward toward Morristown ending Sunday.
Saturday evening the wagon train stops at the Belmont County Saddle Club for a potluck dinner and overnight encampment. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided.
Following is the wagon train itinerary:
Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. - Depart from 66631 Country Club Road, west of St. Clairsville. Travel west on US 40 and stop at the Great Western School on Ohio University Eastern property. The school will be open to the public ($5 admission) from 10 a.m. to noon. The school marm, Ann Rattine, will greet everyone and share history of the one-room schoolhouse. Rattine teaches children from the local school systems during the month of May in the schoolhouse. The wagons will then proceed across OUE property to the Shaeffer/Campbell Covered Bridge. The wagons and horses will cross the bridge and proceed to St. Rt. 331.
12:30 p.m. - Stop at Cumberland Pointe Care Center along St. Rt. 331 where lunch is provided to the wagon train. Residents will be brought out to see the horses.
1:30 p.m. - The wagon train will leave and again travel Rt. 331 north almost to Bannock. The wagons will take Lloydsville-Bannock Rd. (County Rd. 80) and head south, taking a right onto Lude Rd. Continuing on to US 40, the wagons will head west to the Belmont County Saddle Club for an overnight encampment.
4 p.m. - Stop at Belmont County Saddle Club for a potluck dinner (bring a covered dish) for wagon train participants. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. Overnight encampment.
Sunday, June 3
Belmont County Tourism Council will provide donuts for wagon train participants. Bring eggs, etc. if you wish to partake in the buffet breakfast.
10 a.m. - The wagon train will head east to Pancoast Rd. heading south and crossing over I-70. Turn right onto Muller Rd. heading west along I-70 passing through the Feisley Tree Farm en route to Barkcamp State Park. The wagon train will travel into Barkcamp stopping at Wilber Gibby-Gibson Horse Camp. A brown bag lunch will be provided by Belmont County Tourism Council. Please bring your own drinks. The public is urged to come out and pet the horses. Following lunch and a little rest, the wagons will head east on US 40 back to the Saddle Club to end the day.
For information, contact the Belmont County Tourism Council at 740-695-4359, 800-356-5082 or Dick & Patty Gummere at 740-695-4313.