History buffs seeking a true 18th century roadbed of the original Carolina Road should visit Franklin County's Waid Recreation Park. The multi-use park features one-fourth mile of the original Carolina Road. Local heritage also springs to life at the Franklin County Historical Society Museum and the Depot in Rocky Mount. Take time to explore the grounds and buildings at the Blue Ridge Insititute and Farm at Ferrum College. Continuing down the Carolina Road, visitors will find Henry County and the City of Martinsville. Beginning in the 1740s, many settlers traveled to/through Henry County with as many as 1,000 wagons a day in the 1760s. Settlers represented diverse cultural backgrounds: Germans, Welsh, Scots-Irish, English and African.