This section of the Encyclopedia of Alabama (EOA) is part of the Federal Road Initiative, a program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to highlight sites of historical and cultural interest on or near the path of the Old Federal Road. The road, which stretched from Milledgeville, Georgia, to coastal Alabama, contributed to the development and growth of communities in Alabama. It followed a Native American trading route and was later developed for military use during the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813-1814. It then became a main route for settlers during the first half of the nineteenth century.
This page presents EOA articles related to the Federal Road's role in the development of the state and region; it also presents articles about people, places, and events that someone now following the road might find of interest in the 13 counties along its route. New content will be added to the section as it is developed. In the lists below, entries in brown designate topics of more current cultural interest.
This Federal Road section of the Encyclopedia of Alabama is made possible by a
grant from the Federal Road Initiative.