“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sautee Nacoochee in White County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Unicoi Turnpike

The Unicoi Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, December 6, 2009
1. The Unicoi Turnpike Marker
Inscription.  This road is the Old Unicoi Turnpike, first vehicular route to link East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and North Georgia with the head of navigation on the Savannah River system. Beginning on the Tugalo River, to the east of Toccoa, the road led this way, thence through Unicoi Gap and via Murphy, N.C. to Nine Mile Creek near Maryville, Tenn.

Permission to open the way as a toll road was given by the Cherokees in 1813 to a Company of Indians and white men. Tennessee and Georgia granted charters to the concern.

Prior to its establishment as a road, the trace was part of a trading path from Augusta to the Cherokees in East Tennessee.
Erected 2003 by Georgia Historical Marker. (Marker Number 154-1R.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1813.
Location. 34° 41.203′ N, 83° 42.614′ W. Marker is in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, in White
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County. Marker is on Unicoi Turnpike (State Highway 17) 0.1 miles north of Helen Highway (State Highway 75), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sautee Nacoochee GA 30571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Hardman Farm State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Families at the Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Hardman Farm (about 300 feet away); The Unicoi Road (about 400 feet away); Corncribs & Gear House (about 600 feet away); Sheep Barn & Bull Pen (about 600 feet away); Breezeway,Smokehouse/Servant's Quarters & Kitchen (about 700 feet away); The Carriage House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sautee Nacoochee.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,276 times since then and 88 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 10, 2009, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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