"Pennsylvania House" -- a canal-era 1839 inn at the point near Downtown Springfield where the Dayton Bypass split off from the National Road. The name probably reflects the influence of Quaker settlers from Pennsylvania.  

The Madonna of the Trail in Springfield, one of a series of 12 statues commemorating pioneer women. 

Clark County Historical Society Museum

As my friend and I drove into Centerville, I thought for a moment that we had driven through a tear in the fabric of time. (a visitor)

Places Visited On Our Tour

Remains of the Indiana Whitewater Canal Lock 50 near Milton, Indiana.

Many thanks to Bob Schmidt, for the Fall Tour 2019 photographs. 

Adena Mound in Enon, Ohio, more than 1000 years old. 

Stone Mile Marker at the Pennsylvania House says 303 miles from Cumberland Maryland, but that is not the original marker for this location and the mileage is not correct.

Wagon Routes from Springfield to Indiana

September 13-15, 2019  

An exploration of the National Road and the Dayton Cutoff Between Springfield, Ohio and Cambridge City, Indiana, jointly sponsored by the Canal Societies of Ohio and Indiana.

204 Raydo Circle at West Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio

An exploration of the National Road and the Dayton Cutoff 2019

    The following details are subject to change:

Friday, Sept. 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m. -- Explore the Clark County Historical Society Museum and get a preview of next day’s activities. 

Saturday, Sept. 14, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. --  Bus tour from Springfield to Cambridge City following the historic Dayton Cutoff (a counterfeit National Road built to funnel traffic through Dayton) in the morning. 

Returning eastward in the afternoon via the historic National Road, with attention to period buildings, bridges and remnants of both the Miami & Erie Canal and the Whitewater Canal, and with lunch at the residence of Indiana Civil War Governor Oliver Hazard Perry Morton in Centerville, Indiana.

Saturday, Sept 14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. -- Evening banquet with speaker at Knights of Columbus Hall in Springfield (Leffel at Bird Road), catered by Rudy’s Smokehouse. 

Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. -- Optional activities.


Please contact either Mike Morthorst at 513-791-6481 or  gongoozler@fuse.net; 
or Mark Renwick at 937-605-3207 or m.renwick @sbcglobal.net

​The tour bus will depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Red Roof Inn (next door to the Holiday Inn Express). NOTE THE DEADLINES for hotel reservations at negotiated rates:

Whitewater Canal State Site

Canal Society of Ohio Inc.

Red Roof Inn, 155 West Leffel Lane, Springfield, Ohio

Dayton Cutoff


Deadline August 29, 6pm for reservations at the Red Roof Inn. Phone 800-733-7663 and use code B607CASOCO  to reserve single queen ($80.74 per night, not including tax), double queen ($84.99), single king ($84.99), or double king ($89.25).

Deadline August 24 for reservations at the Holiday Inn Express. Phone 937-505-1670 and specify Canal Society of Ohio to reserve a double queen for $129 per night, not including tax.

The Oliver P. Morton House in Centerville Indiana, was the home of Indiana's Governor during the Civil War. The home is currently undergoing restoration.  It was the lunch stop for the Fall Tour.  

A canal-era Covered Bridge in Eaton, the oldest still standing in Ohio.