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Old Fayetteville Rd bridge


Old Fayetteville Rd Bridge

View of South side, looking upstream.

Photo taken by madurobob in February 2016


BH Photo #349426



Hillsborough, County Seat of Orange County, NC was founded in 1754 and served as the court for a huge section of central North Carolina. Later it was where the provincial congress and General Assembly met over a few years to ratify the US Constitution. Around 1771 Lord Tryon heard of growing unrest in the area and noted there was nothing but a bridle path between modern-day Raleigh and Hillsborough. He ordered a road be built. Tryon called the completed road "Rams Gate", but in Orange County it came to be known as "Fayetteville Road". Its passing by a couple of large water-powered grist mills ensured its heavy use for over 100 years (Johnston Mill & Patterson Mill). A few miles of the old road, abandoned for 100 years, run through Duke Forest's "Kortian Division".


Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Un Named creek on Old Fayetteville wagon raod
Orange County, North Carolina
Future prospects
In the Duke Forest Korstian Division. No known plans for preservation, demolition, etc...
The old road dates to the late 1700s and was one of the eariest roads to Hillsborough, NC from points East.
Timber stringers would have spanned the 12 foot gap between the poured concrete and stone foundation. Remains of a couple of stringers can still be seen
Length of largest span: 12.0 ft.
Total length: 30.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.00025, -79.03879   (decimal degrees)
36°00'01" N, 79°02'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/676769/3985755 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 71161 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 29, 2016: Added by madurobob