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B&W photo of Clarysville Inn in distance near wooded area; 1875

Clarysville Inn and Old National Road Bridge - 1875.

The Clarysville Inn was built in 1805 and was most popular with travellers along the National Road.

During the Civil War it formed the nucleus of a hospital, as conditions in the hospitals in Cumberland in the summer were unbearable. Constructing a hospital in the mountains 1000 feet higher than Cumberland was intended to provide a more hygienic situation. Brigade Surgeon Carpenter reported that the hospitals at Clarysville: