The Old Georgia Road

The Old Georgia Road existed during the Revolutionary War era.  It started as an old Indian trading path.  From its origins in western Georgia, it entered what is today Spartanburg County by crossing the Enoree River approximately on the route of present day SC route 417.  It traveled in a northeasterly direction and crossed Blackstock road that also existed at that time. It joined present day SC route 295 just west of where it crosses SC 56.  It continued on to cross Lawson's Fork Creek at the site of Wofford's Iron Works.  The Iron Works was about ½ mile or so upstream from the present Glendale bridge crossing.  The road continued on to intersect the present Clifton Glendale Road.  The road continued to the present site of Clifton, known then as Hurricane Shoals. It crossed the Pacolet River above Pattersons Springs and  continued on to cross the Green River Road just west of  what is today Thicketty Station. The Battle of Cowpens took place on the Green River Road about 10 miles north of this crossing. The Road then ran by what was to became Gaffneys Tavern in 1802, the future site of the town of Gaffney. It continued on to cross the Broad River at Cherokee Ford.  The Georgia Road, the Blackstock Road, the Green River Road and the few others in the upstate were little more than rough muddy paths. However, as bad as they were, they were important to the military actions during the Revolutionary War and to the growth of the area after the War.

Click on this link for map of Iron Works Location and part of the route of the Old Georgia Road.

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