In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Ohio National Road, the Eastmoor Civic Association unveiled the Eastmoor Interpretive Sign at 2800 E. Main St. Sunday, Sept. 13.

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Ohio National Road, the Eastmoor Civic Association unveiled the Eastmoor Interpretive Sign at 2800 E. Main St. Sunday, Sept. 13.

Eastmoor is one of nine Columbus neighborhoods that borders the National Road, which overall spans 621 miles, including almost 228 miles in Ohio. In some areas, such as Eastmoor and Bexley, the original road has been bypassed by subsequent construction of U.S. 40/Main Street.

The sign at 2800 E. Main St. is the latest in a series of markers that have been placed along the Ohio National Road, said Mike Peppe, chairman of the Ohio National Road Association Interpretive Signage Committee.

"This is our 68th sign," he said. "That's not bad for an all-volunteer effort."

The Eastmoor sign contains historical information about the road.

"As (motorists) drive up and down this street, they'll learn more about Eastmoor and this wonderful community and the role that U.S. Route 40 has played in this country," said Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson, an Eastmoor resident.

The sign not only represents the history of the Ohio National Road, but area residents' civic pride, said John Hamilton, Eastmoor Civic Association president.

"Families that move into this neighborhood work very hard to contribute to it," he said, "for its growth, for its diverse nature, for its true neighborhood feeling."

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Sean McCarthy, also an Eastmoor resident, commended the civic association on the effort to place historical markers along the Ohio National Road and for promoting community pride.

"The reason this community continues to be a great part of Columbus, and continues to get better every year since my family moved here around 1980, is because people continue to take an interest and do the work," he said. "Everything is just getting better every year."