Navigating the Tapestry

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Regional Tapestries
Mail List
Tapestry Library
The Tapestry
Families Old Chester OldAugusta Germanna
New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky


The Tapestry is designed so that one can move quickly from one area to another. Ideally, one should be able to reach any page in the Tapestry Project within two clicks. In practice, depending on where you are within the Tapestry, and where you need to go, a few more clicks are needful.

To facilitate navigation most pages of the Tapestry show a Tapestry navigation pane near the top of the page. The navigation pane typically includes


A Table of Contents specific for the page you are currently on.


A banner image that provides a visual cue as to what part of the Tapestry you are in. The present page, for example shows this image:

Its appearance on a page as a banner is intended to give the reader an immediate understanding that they are on a page associated with the main Tapestry, and not on a page assigned to a specific regional tapestry such as "Old Augusta". Sometimes, however, it will appear on a person page associated with some particular area (such as Goochland County in Virginia, which is not within any of the existing geographically defined tapestries. It thus becomes a "place holder" allowing the user to return to the main tapestry.


The menu lies along the right hand side of the Navigation pane. It provides links to various pages of use for the particular area of the Tapestry that your are currently within. Different areas of the tapestry will have different menu's, each designed to meet the needs of that particular portion of the Tapestry. For example, pages associated with the overall Tapestry will include a menu that will allow you to move to various pages associated with the overall Tapestry. As an example, this page can be reached from this menu.


An overall menu along the bottom of the navigation pane that allows you to get to major regional areas of the tapestry (e.g., Southwest Virginia, Old Augusta, Old Chester, etc.)

The Tapestry Project is designed to facilitate the study of the genealogy, culture, and history of early settlers along The Great Road from Philadelphia, PA to Bethabara, NC. The Great Road developed gradually, from the early 18th century, as a result of settlers pushing westward from Philadelphia, then turning southwest through the Valley of Virginia, and finally due south to Bethabara. Along the way, other roads fed into or lead from the Great Road, facilitating the migration of travelers from and two other areas. The Three Notch'd Road for example led from Tidewater Virginia, westward crossing the Blue Ridge at Woods Gap, and intercepting the Great Road near Staunton. McCullough's Trading Path carried settlers westward and northwest into the Ohio Valley.....