King's Highway: A Road to History

Published by: SCNHC     Categories: Day TripsColonial History

During a recent trip to Hobcaw Barony, we snapped this photo of their King's Highway sign. Come to find out, this road was in fact THE King's Highway, which is a stretch of road that covers 1,300 miles from Boston all the way to Charleston.

Charles II of England directed colonial governors to build it in the late 1600s ultimately connecting the original 13 colonies. By the 1750s, the route was usable by wagons and played a pivotal role in trade and Revolutionary War efforts. Rumor has it that American patriots despised the name "King's Highway" and called it the Boston Post Road.

See a timeline of the King's Highway here, and learn more about the history of Hobcaw Barony here.