Colonial Heritage Byway
- DesignationState Byway
- Length154.5 miles
Colonial Heritage Byway provides an impressive tour of 18th and 19th-century history in North Carolina. As motorists travel down Monroeton Rd, they will pass the former location of the Troublesome Creek Ironworks, which was used at various times as a campsite by American and British troops. General Nathanael Greene retreated to this site after the battle of Guilford Court House in 1781. Ten years later, President George Washington visited the area as he retraced General Greene’s journey on his tour of the South. As motorists travel down High Rock Road, they will pass a historic African-American congregation, High Rock Baptist Church, which was organized around 1900, and a lovely private home, High Rock House and Farm, that was built around 1808. While traveling on NC 62, look for many older houses and barns dating back to the 1800s, especially in the town of Milton. Prior to the Civil War, this town was a booming community with two newspapers and a branch of the state bank. The NC 86 portion of the byway provides a glimpse of the Piedmont’s dairy farms and rural life.
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