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Great Wagon Road Project Updates

On June 26, 2022, Piedmont Trails released critical information from the Great Wagon Road Project. The announcement aired live during the monthly live stream. If you missed this video, don’t worry. You can easily view it here on the Piedmont Trails website. Click on the Video Archives Page and watch the latest live stream. We changed the curriculum for the live stream just hours before going live. Due to recent discoveries during the past ten months, the project felt the time had arrived to share this information.

Initially, when the project got underway in 2019, the members of the Research Team had a general understanding of the road. We all knew the route traveled from Pennsylvania to Georgia. As for myself, I’ve researched the road on and off for the past forty years. I’ve taken sources from various books and historical scholars. I’ve depended on others and their work to guide me along the GWR. It wasn’t until I began the ground research for myself that I discovered mistakes and inaccurate information. Once the team started ground research, we began to see more discrepancies between the GWR and other active roads. As the project continued its probe, several colonial roads portrayed today as the GWR by others were adjacent side roads linking to the original GWR route or other routes. The proof of the GWR emerged from land grants/deeds, land surveys, personal diaries/journals, and other ground studies. The evidence prevailed us to announce the contrast and secure the facts about the original GWR.

The four articles mentioned during the live stream are in the process of being updated. Once the updates are complete, we will share the data here on the website. We urge everyone to share these updates. Tell a friend and inspire others to learn more about the first migration road in our nation’s history. Tell others about the project. We are working hard to have the GWR named a National Historic Trail. To learn more about the project, visit our GWR Project Page.

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  1. Carol, just watched the last video. Thank you for starting the project. My 6th GGF Samuel Cark about 1720 to 1783 came down the Wagon Train Road sometime between 1750 and 1758. One of his 7 sons was born in York PA per Revolution War pension deposition. Samuel is on the Rowan Co. NC tax list of 1758. Then my 4th GGF George Clark took his family to Knox Co. Indiana in about 1817. He is on the 1820 Knox Co IN Census. He mostly likely used roads on the road webpage. Will try join live on July 31. I found very useful information by joining the Guilford Co. NC Gemological Sociality: Fred Huges Map with Samuel’s property, and other items. I have all of the Probate files from my grandfather to my 6th GGF Samuel 1783 probate file in Randolph Co. NC. We are beginning to think that Samuel was first of my Clarks to come to the USA from North Ireland. I have not been able to locate the graves site for both of my 5th GGF Joseph Clark, 1756-1791 and the above Samuel Clark both of Randolph Co. NC. Happy 4th of July…

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    • Excellent Research Jerry !! I really enjoyed reading your family history. Portions of my family migrated to Indiana around the same timeframe. I hope you and your family have a Happy 4th of July !!


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