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Historic & History Trails of Colonial & Early America
"Fourth of July, 1776," Saturday Evening Post Cover, June 30, 1923
"Fourth of July, 1776,"June 30, 1923
"God Rest Ye Merrie Gentlemen," Saturday Evening Post Cover, December 24, 1932
Built in 1755 during the French and Indian War, this 110 mile road began at Fort Cumberland and was constructed by an army of 2400 troops under the command of British General Edward Braddock as part of an effort to drive the French from the Ohio Country (now including western Pennsylvania, Ohio and a portion of Indiana) and seize Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh). The expedition, which included a young George Washington, ended disastrously at the Battle of the Monongahela, leaving Braddock himself dead and more than 900 killed or wounded of a 1300 man army involved in the battle.
See also the Braddock Road Preservation Association. On the trail, see Alexandria, VA, Winchester, VA, Winchester, VA, Hampton, VA, Frederick, MD, Grantsville, MD, Braddock Heights, MD, Sharpsburg, MD, Gaithersburg, MD, Rockville, MD, Shippensburg, PA, Wharton, PA, Henry Clay, PA, North Union, PA, West Mifflin, PA, North Braddock, PA, Mount Pleasant, PA, Mount Pleasant, PA, North Huntingdon, PA, West Mifflin, PA and Hopwood, PA.
Built in 1758 during the French and Indian War, this 200 mile road was constructed by an army of nearly 7000 troops under the command of General John Forbes as part of a second effort to drive the French from the Ohio Country and seize Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh). Learning from Braddock’s mistakes, Forbes constructed forts at regular intervals to prevent supply lines and communications from being disrupted. Forbes efforts ultimately proved successful with his capture of Fort Dusquene on November 25, 1758.
See also Fort Ligonier. On the trail, see also Schellsburg, PA, Schellsburg, PA, Schellsburg, PA, Quemahoning, PA, Ligonier, PA, Murrysville, PA, Carlisle, PA, Dublin, PA, Plum, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Center, PA.
The Freedom Trail
This 2.5 mile walk winds through much of Boston, highlighting the city’s rich colonial and early American history, particularly relating to the American Revolution. Included among the stops are 17th century burying grounds, the Old Corner Bookstore, the Old South Meetinghouse (site of the meeting before the Boston Tea Party), the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre), the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument commemorating the June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.
The Travels of William Bartram
This trail follows the travels of 18th century American naturalist William Bartram on his journey through Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama from March of 1773 to January of 1777. In his travels, Bartram made drawings and took notes of various flora and animals (including alligators) and visited with Seminole Indians who teasingly named him Puc-puggee (the flower hunter). His book, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, etc.., was published in 1791 and was considered to be one of the most authoritative books on American natural history at the time.
See also the Georgia Bartram Trail Group, North Carolina Bartram Trail Society and Bartram's Gardens. On the trail, see Berrys Landing, SC, Hamburg, SC, Clayton, GA, Arnoldsville, GA, Lincolnton, GA, Wrightsboro, GA, Knoxville, GA, Phelps Estates, GA, , Lancaster, GA, Roberta, GA, Riceboro, GA, Savannah, GA, Saint Simons Island, GA, Columbus, GA, Augusta-Richmond County, GA, Volusia, FL, Salt Springs, FL, Micanopy, FL and Newberry, FL.
Gen. Henry Knox Trail
This trail follows the historic 300 mile journey of Henry Knox and a team of engineers from Boston, MA on November 17, 1775 to Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point, New York to retrieve forty-three heavy brass and iron cannons, six cohorns, eight mortars, and two howitzers, collectively weighing 60 tons. The artillery was hauled back to Boston “by boat, horse and ox-drawn sledges, and manpower, along poor-quality roads, across two semi-frozen rivers, and through the forests and swamps of the lightly inhabited Berkshires” during the winter of 1775-1776. Historian Victor Hill has described the 10 week accomplishment as "one of the most stupendous feats of logistics" of the entire American Revolution.
The artillery was ultimately deployed to the elevated position of Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston and its harbor. British efforts to attack the position proved largely unsuccessful, leading to the evacuation of their nearly 10,000 soldiers from Boston with the understanding that the soldiers were authorized to burn the town if they were attacked. On March 17, after waiting several days for favorable winds, the British left Boston for Nova Scotia on a fleet of one hundred and twenty ships.
See also the General Henry Knox Museum and Fort Ticonderoga. On the trail, see Ticonderoga, NY, Ticonderoga, NY, Ticonderoga, NY, Ticonderoga, NY, Bolton, NY, Lake George, NY, Lake George, NY, Hudson Falls, NY, Fort Edward, NY, Schuylerville, NY, Stillwater, NY, Mechanicsville, NY, Colonie, NY, Waterford, NY, Albany, NY, Rensselaer, NY, East Greenbush, NY, Schodack, NY, Kinderhook, NY, Ghent, NY, Ghent, NY, Egremont, MA, Great Barrington, MA, Monterey, MA, Blandford, MA, Russell, MA, Westfield, MA, West Springfield, MA, Old Hill, MA, Wilbraham, MA, Warren, MA, Brookfield, MA, Spencer, MA, Leicester, MA, Shrewsbury, MA, Northborough, MA, Marlborough, MA, Southborough, MA, Wayland, MA, Weston, MA, Waltham, MA, Watertown, MA, Cambridge, MA, Boston, MA, Boston, MA.
This 300+ mile trail features a number of historic sites in New York relating to the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Among the sites on the trail are the Fraunces Tavern, Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Fort William Henry, Fort George, Saratoga National Historic Park, Van Schaick Mansion, Mount Gulian, Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh, Federal Hall and Conference House.
This 330 mile trail, of which 70 miles are designated for public use, highlights the historic march of patriots during the American Revolution from Eastern Tennessee, across the Great Smokey Mountains, to fight at the Battle of King’s Mountain on October 7, 1780 near Blacksburg, South Carolina. The hour long battle pitted 1400 patriot militia against 1300 loyalist militia. In the end, 29 patriots were killed while 58 were wounded. In contrast, the loyalists suffered 290 killed, 163 wounded and 668 captured. Sir Henry Clinton, Commander of the British Forces in America, remarked that “The defeat at King’s Mountain was the first link in a chain of events that followed each other in regular succession until they at last ended in the total loss of America.”
See also the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. On the trail, see also Bristol, VA and Ezell, SC.
This 680 mile route tracks the disembarkation of approximately 6000 French troops at Newport, RI from a fleet of ships that included “32 transports, seven ships of the line, two frigates, and two smaller warships,” their march southward under the command of comte de Rochambeau through Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, their rendezvous with Washington’s army at Dobb’s Ferry, and their march through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and ultimately to Yorktown to defeat the British Army under Lord Cornwallis. This was the last major battle of the American Revolution.
See also the Rochambeau Map Collection. On the trail, see Southington, CT, Middlebury, CT, Southbury, CT, Southbury, CT, Farmington, CT, Ramapo, NY, Bernards, NJ, Waterbury Heights, MD, Havre de Grace, MD, Mount Vernon, VA, Alexandria, VA, Occoquan Forest, VA, Hanover, VA and Williamsburg, VA.
The Lewis and Clark Trail is a 3700 mile trail that winds through Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, commemorating the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson not long after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the "Corps of Discovery" was directed to explore the land acquired under the Louisiana Purchase, establish a claim of "discovery" in the Pacific Northwest before any European countries could attempt to lay claim to the territory and establish trade and U.S. sovereignty over the native peoples along the Missouri River.
See also the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Camp duBois, Fort Mandan, Discovering Lews & Clark, Lewis and Clark Center, Lewis & Clark in Kansas, Lewis and Clark in Kentucky, Lewis & Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.
The Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 290 mile historic trail over land and water that commemorates the events in the Chesapeake Bay area during the War of 1812. The trail, which runs through Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, includes Flag House, Fort McHenry, Jefferson Patterson Park Museum, Elk Landing, the White House and the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
See also Fort McHenry Guard, Star Spangled 200, Star Spangled Trails and Visualizing Early Washington, DC.