Great Wagon Road Updates

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.

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  1. Hi Carol, I don’t know if you will see this message or not. I enjoy your articles on John Hickey. My 4th great uncle, Larkington “Larkin” Turner married his daughter Mary Hickey. They moved to Tennessee, and died there. Her tombstone is on Find a Grave. In 2013 I created a memorial on Find a Grave for John Hickey and his wife. I have not been able to establish her dates or birth location. I grew up in Henry County, most likely within 2 or 3 miles of the location of his ordinary. I wish that the exact location of the ordinary could be located, as some of my forebears may have purchased some of his lands subsequently. John Hickey appears to have lost some of his properties, subsequently, due to non-payment of debts owed him by his patrons. Also, his wife Mary applied to have her own ordinary. I may have his signature, or his son John on a document here. I will check. I hope that you receive this. I’m sure that a number of my forebears would have known him…..probably at the first courthouse in Henry County, which was near Fort Trial and his ordinary near Smith (early Mayo) River, which could not be accessed when the river was high. Rebecca

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  2. I have eagerly been awaiting a good accurate & usable map of the road for some time now. Although I don’t have much to offer in the way of help, I know that both of my parents ancestors (Sell family thru their Quaker heritage, and Peddycord family thru their Moravian heritage) used “the road” to bring them from their early Pennsylvania roots to their current roots here in North Carolina. While many family members, along the way, moved on to other parts of the United States, both of my parent’s direct ancestors chose to settle right here in the Piedmont of N.C. Therefore “the road” has become what I consider a sacred pilgrimage of my ancestors to my current generation! I have for a long time been looking forward to retracing at least part of their path! Accurate maps & photos that can be overlaid on to current maps is particularly what I am interested in. Thank you for all of your work great toward that end! Clarence Sell, Swepsonville, N.C.

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