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Draper’s future to be discussed

Residents have the opportunity tonight to express their views of what they think Draper of the future should look like and be.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and School Board will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Draper Fire Department.

Letters were mailed inviting residents of that area to tonight’s meeting.

Community members will have the chance to express their views of the future Draper and the path to that future and potential created by the Interstate can be explored.

Pre-interstate days, Route 100 was a heavily traveled highway from the north to the south: Coal to Cotton as it was so aptly called.

Years before paved highways, Draper was a stop on the Great Road (Wilderness Road-Baltimore Road-Stagecoach Road) as settlers traveled east and west on foot, horseback and wagon.

A popular stop in the Draper area was The Red Horse Tavern, founded by Thomas Galbraith nearly 20 years before Pulaski County was founded May 9, 1839.

It welcomed travelers, many of them well known in those days and later in the nation’s history, including, according to reports, Andrew Jackson.

No doubt many other well-known early settlers passed this way. Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, maybe Sam Houston and who knows the many others who may have traveled the paths of Pulaski County.

Today there is Draper Mercantile, the New River Trail State Park, near by New River and Claytor Lake and the state park.

On the other side of Claytor Lake lie the multiple thousands of acres of the Boy Scout Reservation.

Growing the future and economic development, which does not necessarily mean industry, and current businesses will be discussed.

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear and talk about the future of Pulaski County and Draper.

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