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.