EXPLORE NORTH AMERICA'S HISTORIC, CULTURAL AND NATURAL PLACES
Road Trip Story is a free online travel video series about North America's historic, cultural and natural places. It was created and produced by James Romeo and Joseph Caylor. Each video allows you to share in the experience as you join us in exploring and discovering the stories that make each place unique. We hope you will be inspired to plan your own road trip to great places near you, either by yourself or with your friends and family. It is not expensive and many places near you can be experienced in a day or a weekend. Road Trip Story allows you to discover places you may not have known, helping you to better plan your next road trip and providing an opportunity to share your experience with others.
NEW ECHOTA HISTORIC SITE
Joseph Caylor - To learn the real history of the southeastern United States, it all starts from the people who inhabited the land first. New Echota Historic Site is a very poignant reminder of the…
Joseph Caylor - To learn the real history of the southeastern United States, it all starts from the people who inhabited the land first. New Echota Historic Site is a very poignant reminder of the legacy the Cherokee Indians have in our country. New Echota was the capital and working town that the Cherokees strove to maintain, even though their land was being taken away from them by the U.S. government and white gold seekers. Although New Echota was only the capital of the Cherokees from 1825-1838, up to the Trail of Tears, the historic site shows how important this place is to all Americans. The tragic story of their forced exodus really is told very well at New Echota. If you are ever in North Georgia driving on Interstate 75, I highly recommend you visit this very important historic spot. It's right off the interstate and contains lots of original and reconstructed buildings and information that tell the story of not just one of the most important Cherokee, but American places.
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James and JosephAt the heart of Road Trip Story are two friends, both artists, with a passion to inspire others. James and Joseph met while they were attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Joseph's home State of Georgia. With common interests in art, film, history and travel, they soon became friends. In the past, both had independently enjoyed visiting cultural places, parks and historic sites. James had once taken a trip across most of his home country of Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver, along the Trans-Canada Highway. He moved to Georgia to pursue an education in film and digital media. In 2008, Joseph set a goal to visit all 63 State Parks in Georgia and by the end of the year, he had accomplished this endeavor. He invited James on quite a few of those trips and together, they set about discovering more of the beauty and history of Georgia with each trip. After visiting all 63 Georgia State Parks, Joseph began planning trips to neighboring states.
How it beganThroughout 2008 and 2009 they each traveled as much as possible, always expressing a passion to share their great experiences with others. Thus, was the birth of Road Trip Story. There are beautiful places around us all, so breathtaking to behold, that it energizes an innate desire to share it with the people around us. Walking on the grounds of historic places, learning about the people who walked there before us, connects us to the past in a way that touches the soul. To imagine the way of life in times before us, the stories of the challenges they faced, their times of victory and loss, can help us to see our own lives in a new way.
In the early months of 2010, James and Joseph began filming their travels and developing the look of Road Trip Story. The name honors the tradition of oral storytelling and the freedom of travel offered by the automobile and National Highway System.
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