Historic Markers Across Georgia

Old River Road

Marker ID: GHM 015-5B
Location: Junction of US 80 and US 280 [Marker incorrectly numbered 015-B5]
County: Bryan
Coordinates: N 32° 11.832    W 081° 26.309
  32.1972    -81.43848
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3ECB
Old River Road  Marker
Photo by Mike Stroud


The highway northward is the Old River road, one of the earliest routes west of the Ogeechee and a leading way from Savannah to Georgia´s western frontier. It followed an old Indian trial [trail] along the Ogeechee to a point west of Bartow, thence to the Rock landing on the Oconee River on the Oconee River below Milledgeville. There the trace intersected the main trail of the Lower Creek Trading Path from Augusta to the Creek Indians of western Georgia and eastern Alabama.

Opening of this part of the road was authorized by the State in 1777. In time the route became an important vehicular thoroughfare from Savannah to Milledgeville.