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The Search For Old King's Road

The Search For Old King's Road

by William Ryan
     
 

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Old King’s Road was a remarkable highway built by British engineers prior to the American Revolution. It once ran from Colerain Georgia south to Jacksonville (then called Cow Ford),to St. Augustine, thru what is now Flagler County Florida, and finally to New Smyrna on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

This was the main route into Florida continuing up

Overview

Old King’s Road was a remarkable highway built by British engineers prior to the American Revolution. It once ran from Colerain Georgia south to Jacksonville (then called Cow Ford),to St. Augustine, thru what is now Flagler County Florida, and finally to New Smyrna on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

This was the main route into Florida continuing up to the 20th century. Many older Florida residents still recall using this now vanished ancient route.

Here were the battles, famous soldiers, refugees, a rich plantation economy, land hungry settlers and a history going back over 240 years. It has known one of our country’s worst wars, one that lasted over seven years and deeply scarred the American memory. It carried a little known slave rebellion long before the much later battles of the Civil War. Florida’s early history was linked to Old Kings Road.

While it has been covered by construction, blocked or abandoned over these many years, Old King’s refuses to die or vanish. This is Bill Ryan’s research about this little known piece of American History, once named as “An American Engineering Treasure.”

The book contains a complete time line and references and is the basis for a series of stories and adventures along this famous early colonial era highway that remained the main entryway into Florida right up to 1914 when the railroads and new roadways had appeared.

Author and historian Bill Ryan is webmaster of the Flagler Public Library’s Flagler Memories group, and is active in the Flagler County Florida Historical Societies. This is the story of his search for Old King’s Road, the ancient highway that refused to vanish. Bill Ryan is also the author of “I am Grey Eyes” the story of a remarkable colonial era cattle drive down Old Kings Road, and Florida’s early story as viewed by Grey Eyes, a most unusual Seminole Indian.

This book is part of a series:
I am Grey Eyes
Osceola His Capture and Seminole Legends
Bulow Gold
See website http://www.oldkingsroad.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014687317
Publisher:
Bill Ryan
Publication date:
07/04/2012
Series:
Old Kings Road , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
852,076
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

About the author:
William (Bill) Ryan lives in historic Flagler County Florida on the Atlantic Coast of Florida about 20 miles south of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. He is a director of the Flagler County Historic Society and spent some 20 years tracing the almost vanished “Old Kings Road” built by the Colonial British as one of the prime entryways into Florida. This old highway existed right up to 1914.
He had an lengthy career in the high technology imaging and photographic industry. He resolved to film and record as much as possible of this old British highway which was constructed prior to the American Revolution. This appears in his book “The Search for Old Kings Road. Many stories came about concerning events in the early history of Florida. One such is “I am Grey Eyes” concerning an unique Seminole Indian who was reported to have set much of the trail of the British Highway by driving a herd of 500 cattle to the new settlement of New Smyrna to the south.
A new book is in completion “Bulow Gold” concerning an immense treasure collected during the Seminole War of 1835 and possibly still buried in Florida.
Bill Ryan combines intensive historical research with a linked together story to bring history alive. His account of Osceola, the great Seminole leader, was called to be “very accurate” by Seminole historians. “The early history of Florida is very exciting and extends far beyond what is known about St. Augustine. I hope my books will make the many stories of early Florida combine with the real characters and events as I found them.” Bill Ryan
Printed books and links to electronic publishing sites may be found at: http://www.oldkingsroad.com
:

The Search for Old King’s Road
I am Grey Eyes A story of old Florida
Osceola His Capture and Seminole Legends
Bulow Gold (a newly released book)

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