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Varnell in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Federal Road

 
 
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By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
1. Old Federal Road Marker
Inscription. The highway crossing east and west at this point is the Old Federal Road, northwest Georgia’s earliest vehicular route. It led across the Indian County from the southeast boundary of the Cherokees, in the direction of Athens, toward Nashville via Rossville. Another branch ran from a fork at Ramhurst, Ga., toward Knoxville, Tenn. Formal permission to use the trace was granted by the Cherokees in the 1805 Treaty of Tellico. This way was the first postal route of this section of Georgia and was the earliest emigrant trace from the lower Southeast to Tennessee and north Alabama.
 
Erected 2001 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 155-29B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 53.589′ N, 84° 56.797′ W. Marker is in Varnell, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Cleveland Highway (Georgia Route 71) and Old Prater Mill Road (Old Georgia Route 2), on the right when traveling north on Cleveland Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Varnell GA 30756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Varnell Home
Old Federal Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
2. Old Federal Road Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Military Operations in Crow Valley (approx. 2.9 miles away); Harris' Gap (approx. 3.6 miles away); Joseph Standing Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Schofield's 23d Corps in Crow Valley (approx. 4.2 miles away); Crow Valley (approx. 4.2 miles away); Campaign for Atlanta Began Here (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Crow Valley (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varnell.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text, erected by the Georgia Historical Commission at this location, which had disappeared.
 
Regarding Old Federal Road. This intersection was formerly Georgia Highway 2, which follows the Old Federal Road, until that highway was rerouted a short distance to the north.
 
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Old Federal Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
3. Old Federal Road Marker
Looking north on Cleveland Highway (left) at the new intersection with GA Highway 2, now 1/10 mile north of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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