Tourism Office welcomes the National Pike Wagon Train to Belmont County

Tourism Office welcomes the National Pike Wagon Train to Belmont County

May 17, 2018 - 4:14pm -- beltour@aol.com
Participants in the 2017 National Pike Wagon Train.
The Belmont County National Pike Wagon Train has been taking place for many years and will continue the tradition this year. Wagons and outback riders will be traveling through Belmont County June 2nd and 3rd. On Saturday June 2nd 9am, the participants will leave the Belmont-Jefferson County Beagle Club. It will travel County Road 56 and Atkinson Road to Route 331 in Bannock. The train will travel on Route 331 to the Cumberland Pointe Care Center, arriving at approximately 12 noon. They will enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the Care Center. “The residents at the facility look forward to this event every year. And the participants enjoy this stop. They are treated with such hospitality. The residents will come out and mingle with the Wagon Train participants and get a close look at the horses and wagons,” said Barb Ballint, Executive Director of Belmont County Tourism Council, Inc., who sponsors the event. The train will leave the Care Center and cross the intersection of Route 331 and Route 40. They will travel to the Belmont County Fairgrounds. The public is invited to be at the fairgrounds to welcome the participants. “This is a different route for the group. I think they will enjoy the change”, said Ballint. “It’s a great stop for everyone who would like to get a close look at the wagons and horses.” The Tourism Council is grateful that the Fair Board is opening at gates for the event. The train will then travel to Historic National Road 40 through Lloydsville and will continue to the Morristown Welcome Center set up at the “Pike 40” restaurant. There, participants can enjoy a break and light refreshments. “We cannot thank The Pike 40 enough for the complimentary refreshments. They were excited to be involved with the event and to be able to welcome the visitors to Historic Morristown,” Ballint added. The group will travel Main Street to the Historic Black Horse Inn, were they will finish their travels for the day. Ballint said, “The Black Horse Inn is the ideal place for the wagon train to camp for the night, as it was once a stagecoach stop from Wheeling.” The Black Horse Inn had humble beginnings as a small, frame structure built in 1807 by Duncan Morrison, an early settler, Justice of the Peace and innkeeper for whom Morristown is named. In 1836, William Swaney built the brick edifice onto the existing frame. As a stagecoach stop, Morristown prospered from the trade that came along that route. The wagon train will travel the same route to the Inn and continue to enjoy the festivities and dinner being hosted by the Morristown Historic Preservation Association. On Sunday June 3rd, breakfast will be served to the wagon train participants before departing Morristown. Leaving the Black Horse Inn, the train will travel Main Street through Morristown. It will turn left onto West Cross and travel across Route 40 onto Old Route 26. At the Country Side Mini Storage, it will then turn left onto Stenger Rd. (Twp. Rd 262). At the end of the road, the train will break at Belmont Classic Cars. After their break, they will then turn left onto Route 149. It will then turn right onto Barkcamp Park Road. Next it will turn left at the park sign and travel this road to the Mail Pouch Barn. The Bethesda Buckeyes 4-H Club along with the Lil Buckeyes will serve lunch to participants and they enjoy a rest. The wagon train will then depart Barkcamp, traveling on Barkcamp Park Rd. and turn right onto Mueller Road, traveling past the Feisley Tree Farm. At the end of the road, the train will turn left onto Pancoast South Road. This will bring them to Route 40. At Route 40 they will turn left and travel back to Morristown. This is where they will end their travels. The participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities that will take place in Morristown for the rest of the day. “Belmont County Tourism always looks forward to sponsoring this event, as it brings visitors to our area and allows us to showcase a few of the county’s attractions,” said Ballint. For more information about Belmont County’s attractions and events call the tourism office at 740-695-4359, visit the website at belmontcountytourism.info or like us on Facebook.