We are sharing updates today from the Great Wagon Road Project. Over 30 years of personal research has gone into this project, but officially the team is beginning its 4th year this coming June. The project wants to reach out to the Bryan descendants and the Dunn family of North Carolina. We can never thank you enough for the information and documents you provided to the project. Thanks to all of the historical societies that have reached out to the project over the past few weeks. We recently mailed letters and information to these organizations describing what the Great Wagon Road Project was all about, and their response well exceeded our expectations. Tons of data began pouring in, maps, road orders, family records, and other documents. These actions prove why the Great Wagon Road deserves a place in our national history. The team looks forward to working with all of these organizations, and with their help, we will prove the most popular route during the mid-18th-century.
In other news, the project has continuously plotted the road since 2019 on a team effort. On a personal basis, I’ve used GIS software since 1994. As the years flew by, the capabilities available to the general public have rapidly grown. Today, everyone uses a Geographic Information System. We all do this by tracking a package, locating an address, or creating maps like the Great Wagon Road Project. We are working on a map format that will allow the team to share our discoveries with all of you. 3D imagery is vital with this as it will give you, the viewer, the sense of being there. This type of mapping will specifically target what we want to share with all of you. Regardless of how many miles you are from the Great Wagon Road, we want you to experience it as if you were really there. We are still working on the format, but be on the lookout for the map to be shared soon.
As you can see, we are constantly working on the project. Soon, we will be sharing more data from the Pennsylvania and Maryland sections of the road. This information will be arriving by May. The project scheduled several speaking events coming up this summer, and we are looking forward to meeting new faces and presenting the Great Wagon Road Project to all who want to hear. The dates for these events will appear soon on the website. Many have asked, “how can we support the project?” You can support us by sharing and talking with friends about the Great Wagon Road. Tell others about the project and encourage those who may have information about the road to contact us. Thank you all for your support.