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    THE GREAT WAGON ROAD

    In Colonial America there were many key components of life. Though it is sometimes overlooked, transportation was vital to life in early America, especially during the Revolution. Camden was situated on what is known as the Catawba Path, a point of connection for the Great Wagon Road.

    The Great Wagon Road

    The Great Wagon Road began in Philadelphia and stretched south through North Carolina, and then from the border into Georgia. With many points of connection and branching paths, Camden connected via the Catawba Path (trail) which stretched from South Carolina and as far north as Ohio.

    The Horse, Ox and Mule

    In early America travel was largely conducted by wagon trains. These convoys traveled in wagons pulled by horse, oxen or mule. These working animals were crucial in moving goods and supplies throughout the colonies, as well as playing a vital role on homesteads and farms.

    Logistics

    Joseph Kershaw, as well as other traders, moved goods and supplies through the use of wagon trains or riverways. The British assumed control of a large portion of the Great Wagon Road and many of its branching paths/trails in order to move goods and supplies, as well as items crucial to the war effort, such as food, weapons and soldiers.

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    The Historic Camden Foundation is not state or federally funded so we relay on individual donations. Even a small donation truly helps. So please send a gift and make a difference!