In 1805, the United States and Cherokee Nation agreed in the Treaty of Tellica to establish the Federal Road throughout Cherokee territory.
Georgia's Old Federal Road was a primary route of transportation in north Georgia from 1805 to the 1860s. This road played an important part in state history covering four historic periods:
Early 1800's: U.S.-Cherokee Nation relations
1829: Georgia's Gold Rush near Dahlonega
1838: "Trail of Tears" involving the Cherokees' forced re-location
1863-64: Civil War Battles of Chickamauga and Atlanta
The driving tour explores this heritage and takes the driver as close to the orginal route as possible.
The tour can be downloaded as a pdf or podcast...just follow the website link on this listing to georgia.org/podcast. Or, stop in at the visitor centers in Dalton, Tunnel Hill, Ellijay, Trenton, Gainesville and Blue Ridge to purchase a CD set of the driving tour.