Bicentennial of the National Road

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The Bicentennial of the National Road was celebrated through dozens of events ranging from the unveiling of a new time capsule and submissions, to the National Road Run, parade, groundbreaking for a new monument, Navy Band performance, fireworks, and the sealing of the time capsule, all taking place during the week and weekend of May 7, 2011.


     Mrs. Mary Twigg was selected, based upon Nancy, her daughter, having written an essay nominating her to be the Bicentennial of the National Road's Madonna of the Trail.

     Mrs. Twigg was selected based upon a contest that was promoted and administered by the Cumberland Times-News.  Mrs. Twigg was honored as the Grand Marshall in the Bicentennial parade, riding with her granddaughter.  Mayor Grim congratulated Mrs. Twigg before the parade began.



     Mayor Brian Grim, assisted in the sealing of a 200 year time capsule, which will be located in the base of the new monument, commemorating the National Road's Bicentennial.  Grim offered, as the last item to be inserted into the time capsule, an American flag, "symbolizing the celebration and the victory, the hard work, the suffering, and the building of a stands against a backdrop of men and women who have fought and died for a better world and a better America....the flag is a symbol of hope, of prosperity, and of spirit," said Grim in his address prior to placing the more than 150 items in the time capsule, to be sealed until 2211.  Grim also offered a 400th year birthday card to the time capsule, as well as a letter to the 2211 Mayor of the City of Cumberland.



     A Cumberland Times-News front page photograph by Steve Bittner shows Mayor Grim, Linda Burgess of Flintstone (left), and Dr. Julianne Ferris of the Allegany Museum Board of Directors (center), putting the time capsule submissions into the capsule, prior to sealing.  The final, top item placed in the time capsule was a flag submitted by Mayor Grim, meant to be the first sight seen when the capsule is reopened in 2211.

In late May 2012, the time capsule was placed and the monument was installed over it.  Cumberland city employees and Corinthian Stoneworks and Design of Flintstone worked to place the National Road Monument at Riverside Park in time for a June 10 ceremony marking the Bicentennial of the National Road at its starting point in Cumberland, Maryland.


At the June 10, 2012 ceremony, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, State Senator George Edwards, and other state and local officials spoke to dedicate the monument and recognize the importance of the National Road to Cumberland.



Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim raised the 1811 flag behind the monument, joined by local, state and federal officials on June 10, 2012.


In June of 2013, Mayor Grim was joined by local dignitaries to raise the flags of each of the states through which the National Road passes on poles encircling the monument. 

Those who raised the state flags along with Mayor Grim's raising of the U.S. flag of 1811, included Robin Summerfield from the Office of U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin; Mary Twigg, Cumberland's Honorary "Madonna of the Trail;" Julianna Albowicz from the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski; Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman; Diana Modelski from the Office of U.S. Congressman John Delaney; former Mayor Lee Fiedler; Allegany County Commissioner William Valentine; and Cumberland City Councilwoman Nicole Wagoner.