America’s First Highway | The National Road, National Geographic: Refuge From a Surprise Summer Rain Storm

A fruit and vegetable seller takes shelter under his produce at a roadside stand west of Scenery Hill, when a summer thunderstorm blows through the area. Farmers were early beneficiaries of the National Road as they found markets beyond nearby towns.

At its peak in the mid-1800s, the road allowed farmers to transport wagonloads of goods  while today, motorists on the old road pass by organic farms, small markets, and wineries.