This (circa 1800s’) photo shows a team of oxen trudging up the Howard Gap Road, as it leaves the drovers’ market in Spartanburg, SC, and climbs the Green River Gorge before landing on the plateau of present-day Henderson County. Howard Gap Road then, as now, terminated at the location of present-day Fletcher Park where it picked up another trail, “Cane Creek Road,” that ran in an easterly direction and T-intersected future Hwy 74 at Fairview. The 2nd road from the south, the “Cherokee Indian Path,” ran a course west of Greenville, SC through the future lakebed of Lake Keowee and skirted the west side of future Flat Rock. (This trail was a route taken by the Cherokee from their coastal towns into the mountains for their summer retreat) It became a major road for pioneers as they left Charleston heading west through Columbia. Later the road leaving this Path became the “Turnpike Road” that ran through future Hendersonville along a course east of and parallel to present Highway 25 (also east of present-day Mountain Home and Naples), on through future Fletcher where it became the “Buncombe Turnpike.” Another historic and primary road running from the north, the “Great Philadelphia Wagon Road,” left Lancaster, PA, ran through the Shenandoah Valley, and entered North Carolina’s Piedmont where it established the town of Salem (now Winston-Salem) before continuing its journey southward. The 2nd major road from the north, “The King’s Highway” ran from Boston to Charleston, and still maintains that name as it enters downtown Charleston. This road was less used because of freezing and thawing that left treacherous mud holes up to wagon axles. Historic Roads’ menu:
Howard Gap Road – Calvados brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cherokee Indian Path – Laird’s Applejack, orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine
Turnpike Road – Courvoisier, rum, sweet vermouth ,dry sherry, Luxardo (a Maraschino liqueur), bitters
Cane Creek Road – Courvoisier, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice
Great Philadelphia Wagon Road – Courvoisier, rum, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, bitters
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