New Addition: Map of Fish Dam Road

Route researched and map drawn by Joe Liles


Click here to view a map of the route of Fish Dam Road. It has a fair degree of detail. For larger maps, significantly more detail (and larger downloads) click here for the map key. These maps and this research was featured prominently in the 2005 Eno River Calendar, due out in October of this year.

Logo   The Search for Fish Dam Road

Fish Dam Road began as a foot trail in the 1600’s and connected two Indian villages, one on the Neuse River and one on the Eno River. The road remained in prominent use until the 1920's, when parts were abandoned and other parts were incorporated into current-day streets.

Joe Liles, an art instructor at the NC School of Science and Mathematics, has become the single most knowledgeable person on Fish Dam Road. In the spring of 2003 he took his students in search of the road. During the spring intensive of 2004 a new group of students under Joe's tutelage have been exploring the road.

Read more about their project here.

Joe has intrigued a number of people and the project has grown to be the subject of the 2005 Eno River Calendar. You can track the progress of the committee and the calendar on this site.


History of Fish Dam Road

Notes from the field: student search

Read local news stories

Interviews with long time residents

Some of the people involved

This has gotten to be so interesting it will be the focus of the 2005 Eno River Calendar. Read more about plans for the calendar: Click here.





Joe (on left) points out Fish Dam Road on aerial photos.

We want your stories

If you’re old enough to remember Fish Dam Road, or have family members who do, we want to hear from you. The road began as a foot trail in the 1600s and later connected what is now eastern Durham County to the colonial capital of Hillsborough. It was used heavily until the late1920s, when it was incorporated into other streets. At one time, parts of Carver Street and Highway 70 and all of Cheek Road were known as Fish Dam Road.

Students at the School of Science and Mathematics are collecting stories and photographs to study the road.


Joe Joe Liles

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Markham Map

In the 1940's Allan Markham put together maps of the area with original land grant information. Read about his map and how it informs the research on Fish Dam Road. Start here.