Our Conestoga wagon was built in the 1830s, and starting Saturday March 25, the public will not just get to see a real Conestoga Wagon but will be able to ride in one.
You can go to the Smithsonian and look at one
Or go to Historic Camden and ride in one!
WHY DO WE DRIVE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD
THREE WORDS, THE CONESTOGA WAGON: It was Conestoga wagons driving along the Great Wagon Road that began the custom of “driving” on the right-hand side of the road. Unlike a wagon today the driver didn’t ride in the wagon but rode on the left horse near the wagon referred to as the wheel horse.
THE GREAT WAGON ROAD
The Great Wagon Road was built on series of indigenous trails through the Great Appalachian Valley and played a key role in the settlement of the southern colonial frontier. By the time of the American Revolution the Great Wagon Road was well-established and went from Philadelphia PA all the way to Augusta GA.
THE CONESTOGA WAGON
A unique heavy duty freight wagon called the Conestoga was built to handle the riggers of traveling the Great Wagon Road. It was named after the Conestoga Valley were the first wagons where built. The wagons had a curved water tight caulked bed, which prevent fright from tipping, shifting or getting wet when forging deep creeks and rivers.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Historic Camden Foundation is not state or federally funded so we relay on individual donations. Even a small donation truly helps. So please send a gift and make a difference!