Walking the Post Road

Connecticut River from the bridge looking south. The hills of Long Island are visible in the distance, beyond the mouth of the river.

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience,” in The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Second Series (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1883), 62. first published 1844.

Distance Covered in this entry: 15.28

Total Distance covered in Connecticut:  42.29 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project:  212.9 miles


  1. 1.Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, Connecticut (New London: Utley, 1895), 617.

  2. 2. Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, August 27, 1744.

  3. 3. John Winthrop, Jr., November 25, 1645.

  4. 4. As told by Pliny Leroy Howard, History of Eastern Connecticut, 3 Volumes (Chicago, 1932), Volume I, 127.

  5. 5. Caulkins, 171.

  6. 6. From Beinecke Library at Yale University. reproduced in Bruce P. Stark, Lyme, Connecticut: From Founding to Independence, (self published, 1976), page 42.

  7. 7. http://www.fccol.org/about/about.htm

  8. 8. Saybrook Tercentenary Committee, In the Land of the Patentees: Saybrook in Connecticut (Acton Library, Saybrook, CT, 1935), 177.