Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Unicoi Turnpike

Marker ID: GHM 068-4
Location: 3.5 miles north of Clarkesville at Buckhorn Rd and US 23/441
County: Habersham
Coordinates: N 34° 38.309    W 083° 28.618
  34.63848333    -83.47696666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2N4P
The Unicoi Turnpike Marker  


The Unicoi Turnpike, first vehicular route to connect North Georgia and Tennessee with the head of navigation on the Savannah River system, passed here. Beginning on the Tugalo River to the east of Toccoa, the road led this way, thence across Nacoochee Valley, over the Blue Ridge through Unicol Gap and past Murphy. N. C., to Nine Mile creek near Maryville, Tenn.
Permission to open the route as a toll road was given by the Cherokees in 1813 to a company of white men and Indians. Tennessee and Georgia granted charters to the concern.
Prior to its opening as a road, the way was part of a trading path from Augusta to the Cherokees of Tennessee.

GHM 068-9 Georgia Historic Marker 1997


The Unicoi Turnpike