Historic Markers Across Georgia

Thigpen Trail

Marker ID: GHM 159-3
Location: US 82 about 3 miles west of Sylvester, GA
County: Worth
Coordinates: N 31° 32.989    W 083° 53.743
  31.54981241    -83.89571442
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3RQD
Thigpen Trail Marker
Photo by GA Cacher


Thigpen Trail, oldest military road in Georgia, was cut by James Thigpen to transport military supplies to Col James Moore, former Carolina governor. It followed a well beaten trail of the Indians from the mountains to the sea in use before the coming of the white men. Coming from South Carolina above the Broad river, along the Chattahoochee water divide to the Gulf of Mexico, it avoided all swamps and great rivers. The English claimed the territory as Carolina while the Spanish claimed it as Florida. Col. Moore led the English in an attack down Thigpen Trail and `made Carolina as safe as the conquest of the Spanish and Appalachee (Indians) can make it.


Thigpen Trail
Photo by GA Cacher