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.

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

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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.  

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


History Programs

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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

​"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

 determine if and/or how 

your ancestry may be rooted

in this exciting region and era of American history.  

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