The history of Heritage Crossroads is the history of this great country. It is one of hard work and innovation. The segments of roadway and the communities that comprise this highway have embraced the heritage of the people that built this region. For over 300 years, Prehistoric man, Native American tribes, European conquerers, colonists that settled in this region, and even tourists of the pre-Interstate Highway era have traveled the Heritage Crossroads network of roads. Present day visitors to the highway are like these early travelers and are attracted to the area because of its spirit, history, natural beauty and compelling story. For the well informed visitor, there are archaeological sites along the highway that date back to the age of dinosaurs and prehistoric man. Students of Native American cultures as well as those intrigued with the era of English and Spanish conquerors can experience native settlements, preserved marching trails and military encampments of the European armies. Enthusiasts can also experience the struggles of early settlers that came to this region in search of a new life. These settlers traveled many of the same roads as those that came before them. In the 1950 and 60’s, young families again traveled these same roadways to the motels, restaurants and beaches of Florida. Today, the next generation of families is doing the same as their parents did passing through the back roads of this unique area that remains relatively unchanged.
Tourists and travelers that pass through Flagler, St Johns and Volusia Counties feel a genuine sense of pride and commitment towards the preservation and protection of the region’s heritage. The diligence to maintain this unique experience is evident from the presence of the highway’s natural beauty and abundant culture. Through history and exploration of all that the highway offers, today’s visitors are assured to have a compelling journey through time.
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Video courtesy of Dane Thompson (DT Productions) and students at Daytona State College