In 1942 there were only two paved roads in Stafford County: U. S. Route 1 and U. S. Route 17. All others were unpaved and proved difficult to impossible to traverse in all but the driest weather. In January 1898 the local newspaper made the following comment:
"The condition of the roads through the county is horrible. The Garrisonville road has been practically abandoned" (Free Lance, Jan. 25, 1898). Seeing this road today, it's difficult to imagine it as a muddy track and and all but abandoned.