Local part of National Pike Festival has own Web site

September 18, 2004

Organizers of the National Pike Festival in Washington County have announced that a Web site, with information about the next year's event, has been set up.

The festival is to be held May 13-15.

The event, produced by the nonprofit James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc., has been "rolling since 1989" as the only part of the Maryland segment of the National Pike Festival.

The Web site is at:

DH Web, Inc., of Hagerstown, is providing the Web site for the foundation. The Web site includes information for participants in the wagon train, a history of the festival, a photo gallery of recent events, information about the nonprofit foundation, answers to frequently asked questions, and news and sponsor recognition.

David Henneberger of DH Web said, "We're very pleased to be involved in this marquee project for Washington County. We have also included a map, and other information that would be of interest for prospective visitors to the festival."


Washington County's National Pike Festival is part of what's been come to be known as the "World's Longest Festival." Stretching some 300-miles, from Ohio through Maryland, the festival celebrates what's been called "The Road That Made The Nation."

The National Pike was the first federally-funded road in America.

Festival spokesperson Laura Bowman said, "Just as settlers traveled west along the National Pike, struggling to complete their journeys, this country struggled as it grew and developed westward. The National Pike Festival, and the authentic historic Wagon Train, annually helps people remember and honor our past. We're very proud that the only Maryland part of this wonderful multi-state festival, takes place right here in Washington County."

Here, the National Pike Festival is sponsored by Washington County, and also by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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