ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The National Road Wagon Train will make its way through Belmont County on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. This event includes wagons pulled by horses or mules. Horseback riders and wagon owners are welcome and invited to join the fun.
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.
Following is the wagon train itinerary, which gives spectators an idea of where the wagon train will be and when:
Saturday, June 7
Leaving the Elizeus' property, the wagon train will head north along County Rd 56 to US 40 and turn right. Crossing over I-70, it will travel to Township Rd. 338 (Watson Rd.) and turn left. TR 338 will take it to CR 56. Turn right and then left onto Township Rd. 337 (Lee Rd.). This road continues changing into TR 335 (Atkinson Rd.), then TR 336 (Singer Rd.) Turn left. Once on Singer Rd., the wagon train will turn south onto Hammond Rd. and follow this to State Rt. 331. Turn right and follow 331 a short distance to the Cumberland Pointe Care Center.
The Great Western School will open its doors on Saturday, June 7 from 12:30-3 p.m. for anyone who wishes to stop by. The wagon train will take a break here. The school house is "open" when the flag is flying. Visit with the school marm, Ann Rattine, as she shares some knowledge about this historic building.
From the school, the wagon train will head east on US 40 to Airport Road. It will turn right to Roscoe Rd. and pass the James E. Carnes Center. Turn right to the Industrial Park. Follow to Plainfield Rd. and right to Lloydsville. From here, the wagon train heads west to the Belmont County Saddle Club.
Sunday, June 8
The wagon train begins the day at the Belmont County Saddle Club where Belmont County Tourism Council will provide donuts for wagon train participants. Bring eggs, etc. if you wish to partake in the buffet breakfast.
Barkcamp State Park offers a lake with swimming and fishing, picnic shelters, trails (hiking, bridle and snowmobile), as well as camping.
Other free activities are planned here as a Community Day and the public is invited: 12:30 p.m., Veteran's board dedication; 1-4 p.m. National Pike Pickers perform; 1-4 p.m., inflatable amusements.
For more information about the National Road Wagon Train, call the Belmont County Tourism Council at 740-695-4359 or 800-356-5082 or Dick and Patty Gummere at 740-695-4313.