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Colonial Trading Path

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
1. Colonial Trading Path Marker
Inscription. Colonial Trading Path or “Lower Path” joined the heart of the Creek Nation on the Chattahoochee River to the English Trading Post in Ocmulgee Old Fields, now Ocmulgee National Monument. Here the chief towns of the ancient Creek Confederacy stretched fifteen miles on the east side of the Ocmulgee River. This path was originally the old Sand Hill Path, across west Georgia from the Chattahoochee River, across the Flint River, and across the Ocmulgee River, eastward. The Indians followed this path from the west to Ocmulgee Old Fields, following Hydrangea Branch (so called by William Bartram), in this neighborhood using it to come to the Trading Post established by the English, 1686-1700. Benjamin Hawkins established “The Agency” at the Flint River crossing, where he had his home. It was the route to Fort Hawkins in East Macon, erected in 1806. This was long known as the Federal Road, authorized by Thomas Jefferson. Federal Highway 80 is the “Lower Path” from Fort Mitchell on the Chattahoochee. This path is a relic of the 100-year rule of the Georgia area by the Lords Proprietors before Oglethorpe (1629-1729).
 
Erected 1984 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 011-7.)
 
Marker series. This
Colonial Trading Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
2. Colonial Trading Path Marker
Lookng north, the marker sits on a traffic circle, with Columbus Avenue visible in the background.
marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 48.864′ N, 83° 43.951′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on College Station Drive 0 miles south of Columbus Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is at the traffic circle on College Station Drive, just south of the Columbus Road (north) entrance to Macon State College. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Bartram Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate States Central Laboratory (approx. 4.2 miles away); Ballard-Hudson Senior High School (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Ballard-Hudson Senior High School (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mercer University (approx. 5.1 miles away); Vineville United Methodist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and School (approx. 5.2 miles away); Site: Wesleyan College (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Macon.
 
More about this marker. A marker of this title and similar text was erected in about 1957 on Montpelier Avenue, then U.S. Highway 80, at Linden Avenue near the Mercer University campus.
Colonial Trading Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
3. Colonial Trading Path Marker
Looking south on the campus of Macon State College; the school's athletic fields are in the distance.
That marker disappeared, and was replaced by this marker in 1984. The marker vanished again during construction in the area, and in the past few years has been reinstalled here, four miles from its original location.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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