History of Western MD and The Casselman Inn
A kitchen was added in 1903 by the Dorseys. Ivan and Della Miller acquired the place in 1964. Business soon outgrew the facilities and the Millers added a dining room, antique shop, bake shop and forty-unit motel. The Casselman continues now as a second generation family-owned business and is an important historic landmark in Western Maryland.
History of the Old National Road
Early in the nineteenth century the National Congress appropriated funds to rebuild the road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia, and thus it became our first national highway. Known for years as The Old National Trail, it was later designated as U.S. Route 40. Today, U.S. 40 skirts Grantsville by following I-68. But the National Road runs right in town as Main Street and Alt. U.S. 40.
One of the many historical landmarks along the old highway is the stone arch bridge across the Casselman River, one-half mile east of Grantsville. Built in 1813, it was the largest single span bridge in America at the time and carried the heavy traffic of the road continuously for about a century and a quarter. The old bridge is now being preserved as a national relic.