What is The Ridge?

"The Ridge" is a cluster of historic communities located along a ridge line in southeast Macon County where Native Americans created a trading path long ago. The path became a segment of The Federal Road - the main pioneer route to the Old Southwest during the great "Alabama Fever" migration.  The Ridge communities bustled with Native American activity from pre-historic times and pioneer activity from about 1817-1865.

Resource Links

We are dedicated to providing educational resources to students, teachers, scholars, visitors and the general public about the Native Americans and massive wave of free & enslaved pioneers who traversed or settled in The Ridge from pre-historic to contemporary times.  

Our Mission

Through research, the collection of artifacts, oral history and other historical records, The Ridge Project is a classroom and hands-on  educational resource.

Find out if The Federal Road and Alabama Fever may be a part of your ancestry and heritage!

History Programs

to Explore 

Alabama's Old Federal Road Communities

Our site is physically located on County Rd 10 in the Warrior Stand Community about twelve miles south of Tuskegee and nine miles north of Hurtsboro.  Using Googlemaps or a GPS may not route you to the correct location.  Visit our Interpretive Center page for specific directions.

Mailing address: 10735 County Road 10
Union Springs, AL 36089
Email:  contact@digtheridge.com

This is The Ridge Project's 5th year of operations and we're celebrating 5 years of hands-on Alabama history with a fundraiser to support our 2016 programs and operations.  Click here for details!

​"The chances are good that all who trace their ancestry to anywhere in Alabama south of the Tennessee Valley have a forebear who came over the Federal Road.  During its period of maximum use, when "Alabama Fever" was epidemic in the Carolinas and Georgia, the population of the territory (later the state) increased by over half a million."  Southerland & Brown, The Federal Road through Georgia, the Creek Nation, and Alabama, 1806-1836, 1989, University of Alabama Press.

The Ridge Project can help you to determine if and/or how your ancestry may be rooted in this exciting region and era of American history.  Visit our RESOURCE LINKS for more information.


Save These Fall 2016 Dates!

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Warrior Stand, Alabama

Celebrating the heritage of Old Federal Road settlement in south Macon County, Alabama with the author, sculptor and performance artist Dr. Lorenzo Pace and other storytellers, singers, and musicians who will present an exhibition of local and regional multicultural history that is an important layer in the larger story of becoming Alabama.  Details are forthcoming on this website, Facebook, and Twitter.  
Sponsored by The Ridge Macon County Archaeology Project.  
This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.  Held in conjunction with the ALABAMA 200 Bi-Centennial Celebration.  Free and open to the Public



Saturday, November 12, 2016  for ages 9 and up

This workshop will feature the creation, practice, and presentation of culturally-inspired dance routines, led by a trained instructor.  There is no charge to participate and lunch will be provided.  Time and location to be announced on this website, Facebook, and Twitter.

This program is supported by a grant from the Black Belt Community Foundation, Inc.