Great Wagon Road Mural

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The Great Wagon Road, which ran along an old buffalo trail used by Native Americans, was the most heavily traveled road in Colonial America and served as the main route for travelers settling the colonies' western frontier.

On October 8, 1753, fifteen Moravian brethren left Bethlehem and traveled south along the Wagon road down Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to establish the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina.

This mural depicts their six-week journey, which ended on November 17, 1753 when they reached the Carolina backcountry.

The mural was funded by the Winston-Salem Foundation and by Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. trustee Maggie Triplette in honor of her late husband, Gene Triplette.

 

Come view the mural at the Visitor Center and see if you can find these details!

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Alisa Simonel-Keegan, an artist and native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was tasked to bring a visual representation of the Great Wagon Road to life. Simonel-Keegan, who began painting professionally in theatre at the age of thirteen, has left her artistic mark througout the world, but may be best know - locally - for her mural, "Dreams," which graces the centerfield wall of the BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.

Alisa Keegan with mural 

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