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Near Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Seven Islands Road

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 13, 2008
1. Seven Islands Road Marker
Inscription.  The Seven Islands - Alabama Road - was an important emigrant route to the west. Travelers from northeast Georgia and the upper Carolinas followed this trace to the Mississippi Territory, Louisiana, and later Texas.

Originally an important link in the Oakfuskee or Upper Creek Trading Path, the Seven Islands Road became a wagon road long before the Creeks were expelled from Georgia. As an Indian trail, the Seven Islands path, crossed both the Oconee and Apalachee rivers at what is now Swords, Ga. When Park’s bridge was opened about 1807 some eight miles from here, however, the trace began there on the west bank of the Oconee and ran to the Seven Islands of the Ocmulgee.

Beyond the Seven Islands, the road travelled westward via Indian Springs, where it became the Alabama Road. The Alabama ran past Marshall’s Ferry on the Flint to what is now Columbus and crossed the Chattahoochee at Kennard’s Ferry to join the Federal Road a few miles west of Fort Mitchell, Ala.
 
Erected 1993 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 104-12.)
 
Topics and series. This historical
Seven Islands Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 13, 2008
2. Seven Islands Road Marker
marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 33° 29.334′ N, 83° 26.274′ W. Marker is near Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Eatonton Road (U.S. 441) and Seven Islands Road, on the right when traveling south on Eatonton Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison GA 30650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairview (approx. 0.6 miles away); Springfield (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bethany (approx. 2.9 miles away); Godfrey (approx. 4.4 miles away); WWII B-25C Airplane Crash (approx. 4˝ miles away); Union Chapel United Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Georgia 4-H Clubs (approx. 5.1 miles away); George Claud Adams (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Seven Islands Road. An interesting history of the Seven Islands Road states that William Bartram first named the Seven Islands area in the Ocmulgee River. That history
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,647 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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