Historical Road-Trip Series
Benjamin Hawkins
Indian Agent
1796-1816
Mapping Hawkins' 1796 Route From Hopewell in NW South Carolina,
Across North Georgia,
To the Hillabee Creek Indian Village in Alabama
Hawkins' had no accurate maps, no GPS, no roads (2-4 foot trails only), no motels, no
rest stations...just the wild frontier
It is my intent to display maps with reasonably accurate historical and geographic information. The author
makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of any information, maps, or
data posted on this Site or that such information and data will be error-free. This map is for reference only.
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, errors and conditions
originating from historical sources used to develop the database may be reflected on this map. No level of
accuracy is claimed for the boundary lines shown hereon and lines should not be used to obtain coordinate
values, bearings or distances. Notification of any errors would be appreciated.
Most of the historical roads are drivable, however some dead-end at private property which will have to be
bypassed.
I suggest using a detailed road map such as the Delorme Gazetteers along with satellite navigation. I use the
Garmin GPSMAP 60 hand held unit, and a laptop loaded with Delorme "Topo USA" maps connected via
USB to a Delorme "Earthmate" GPS receiver which is placed on the dash of my vehicle. Google Earth files
can be downloaded to both of the above. Cell phones or I-Pads using cell towers are not advised.
Google Earth Maps
Note: The map below opens in Google Earth.
For best viewing and to read notes, zoom in to 10,000 feet or lower.
Most of the old road meanders on or near current day routes. In some cases, you will have to
bypass sections on private property.
Note: Google Earth files can now be converted to many types of maps. CalTopo is a no cost powerful on-line mapping
software that can convert Google Earth files to USGS topo, USFS, Google Maps, historical maps, plus many others.
Painting by unknown artist: Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians, 1805
Grave of Col. Benjamin Hawkins, 6.1 miles SW of Roberta, Georgia
N 32 39.995' W 84 5.751'
Rock Wall and Monument by DAR, Marble Headstone by author
Resources
Letters of Benjamin Hawkins
Georgia Archives
Digital Library of Georgia
Jeff Bishop,  Newnan-Coweta Historical Society
Lamar Marshall, Cultural Heritage Director, Wild South
Don Wells, Mountain Stewards
Benjamin Hawkins Journey Through Oconee County South Carolina, Margaret Seaborn
English Military Maps 1761 and 1764
Dr. John Goff Folders - Georgia Archives
Barnwell-Hammerton Map, 1721, Jim Preston
Marion R. Hemperley, BENJAMIN HAWKINS' TRIP ACROSS GEORGIA IN 1796
Person
al "Boots on the Ground" Research
Cal-Topo
Historical USGS Maps