The Oldest Road In America, The King’s Highway, Passes Right Through Virginia
Virginia has so many fascinating historical attractions, that it hardly seems as though a single road could compete. But what if we told you that this particular road happens to be the single oldest in the United States? The King’s Highway was built under the orders of Charles II of England, who wanted the colonies of Charleston and Boston to be linked. The route begins in Suffolk and works its way along Virginia’s coast up through Fredericksburg, Alexandria, and beyond. Though a majority of this original route has been paved, widened, and renovated, there’s still something so alluring about the opportunity to travel this colonial route.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
What are your thoughts on the fascinating history behind the King’s Highway? Are you familiar with this present-day route? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! For more information about the original route of King’s Highway, you can click here.
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
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