Historic Markers Across Georgia

Old Federal Road

Marker ID: GHM 112-3B
Location: Old Federal Road on HWY 53 3 miles north of Tate at Jasper City Limits.
County: Pickens
Coordinates: N 34° 27.301    W 084° 24.481
  34.455017    -84.408017
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM22FF
Old Federal Road Marker  


This highway from Tate to Talking Rock follows substantially the course of the old Federal Road. The earliest thoroughfares to link Georgia and Tennessee across the Cherokee Nation. Permission to use the way was granted informally by the Indians in 1803 and formally by the 1803 Treaty of Tellico Tenn.

The Federal Road was the first vehicular thoroughfare west of the Chattahoochee, the earliest postal route of this section of the state and a leading emigrant trace to Tennessee and North Alabama. Kentucky and Tennessee stock man drove animals down this artery to Southern markets.

GHM 112-3B Georgia Historical Commission 1954