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Jefferson County Historical Markers

Old Savannah Road


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Old Savannah Road
  • Location: US 319/US 221 about 1.5 miles S of Bartow near Nails Creek 6

OLD SAVANNAH ROAD

The highway crossing here is the Old Savannah Road, one of the earliest vehicular routes west of the Ogeechee River. It led from Savannah to the Rock Landing on the Oconee, below today’s Milledgeville, along the course of a former trading path to the Creek Indians of western Georgia and eastern Alabama. It is believed General Oglethorpe traveled this part of the Indian trail in 1739 on his way to treat with the Indians at Coweta Town, on the Chattahoochee River below Columbus in present Alabama. Much of this pioneer thoroughfare remains in daily use.

081-9 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956