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Mary Lee Becker
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« on: December 28, 2009, 01:06:24 AM »

The following is a copy of my written description of the route of the "Great Wagon Road"

Direction of the Great Wagon Road to Philadelphia in 1749

Starts at Philadelphia, which lay just north east off the Delaware River.
New Jersey was east of the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
Delaware lay south east of Philadelphia

The Great wagon Road went east and slightly north out of Philadelphia
It passed through Lancaster, PA., and crossed the Susquahannah River, and turning east and slightly south, crossing the over Blue Ridge Mountains not far north of where the Shenandoah River branches from the Patomac River, but not where the Patomac passes through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Great Wagon Road ran on a southeastern track, west of the Shenandoah River into Frederick County into Winchester. At that point, there was access from the east through passes through the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
To the west ot the Great wagon Road lie the North Ridge aka “Devils’s Backbone” Mountain range.
To the east of the Great Wagon Road was the Blue Ridge Mountian range. The valley between ran southwest.
Where the North River and the South River tributaries join into the Shenandoah River, at Peaked Ridge, the Great Wagon Road led east of the Peaked Ridge, putting two mountain ranges to the east of it.
Past Peaked Ridge, the road continued southwest, between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the North Ridge Mountains. Albermarle County lay across the mountains to the east. Augusta County lay across the North Ridge Mountains to the west, through Irish Track.
South of that point, the Fluvannah River flows through a break in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and down to join the James River. The Great Wagon Road crossed the Fluvannah River, and continued south east, but veered south, heading towards the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and passed through a river valley carved by the Staunton* River, or Smith River,  into the area east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, north of where the Allegany Mountains intersect with the Blue Ridge Mountains. This would have been west and parallel to Jamestown, Virginia.
From that pass, the Great Wagon Road was now east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and headed south, crossing the Dan River and headed south and then east, to end at the Yadkin River in Anson Co., NC.

Present day Grayson County, Virginia is all east of the Blue Ridge Mountains

*Note: The Roanoke (or Staunton) River is known by both names. Roanoke at each end, and Staunton in south central Virginia.

Written and posted by
Mary Lee Becker
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Garrison DNA Project

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