Walking the Post Road

New Haven Green

“ I crossed Newhaven Ferry betwixt 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon.  This is a pleasant navigable river that runs thro a spacious green plain into the Sound.”

Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, Tuesday August 28, 1744.

Distance Walked in the Entry:  7.67 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut: 80.43 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston): 251.0 miles

Distance Remaining to New York: 88 miles


  1. 1.Edward S. Frisbee, The Frisbie-Frisbee Genealogy (New Haven: Tuttle, 1926), 29.

  2. 2.J.L. Rockey, The History of New Haven County, Volume 2, (New York: Preston, 1882), manuscript copy of Branford Chapter (Volume 2, Chapter 1) in Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT. 15 pp.

  3. 3.Frederick Calvin Norton, A Yankee Post Office: Its History and Its Postmasters (New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse, and Taylor, 1935), 2-3.

  4. 4.Norton, 3-25 passim.

  5. 5. Census data released on December 15, 2010 indicates East Haven’s White (Non-Hispanic) population has dropped from 92% in the 2000 census to 87% in the 2010 census. The population of East Haven only increased by about 400 people in the intervening ten years so the absolute number of White residents declined from  about 25,900 to about 24,800, over one thousand residents.  The Hispanic (any race) population, on the other hand, has increased from 5.7% to about 6.7%, but the Asian population increased the most dramatically, from 2.8% to about 4.1%.

  6. 6.In fact, according to Myron A. Munson, in The Munson Record: A Genealogical and Biographical Account of Captain Thomas Munson (A Pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) and his Descendants, 1637-1887, Volume I (New Haven: Printed for the Munson Association, 1896) the records of the town of New Haven indicate that a ferry at “the cape from which Tomlinson’s Bridge was built” was in 1668 transferred up the Quinnipiac to the “Red Rocke”- “which rock is at the east end of the Ferry Street or Quinnipiac Bridge. George Pardee appears as ferryman. The Pardees were still conducting this ferry in 1752. Dodd mentions this as “Pardee’s Ferry”, but generally as “the Old Ferry” thus distinguishing it from the “Lower Ferry,” or Leavenworths.” Munson also says that the “Lower Ferry” was reestablished in 1779 until the construction of Tomlinson’s Bridge put the ferries out of business in 1796.  Munson, page 38.

  7. 7.That the “Shoreline” communities extend from Branford to Stonington is evidenced by this ad I happened to notice in the New York Review of Books recently (my italics): “Svelte, Soignee SWF, voracious reader, arts-lover, seeks male counterpart in eastern Connecticut shoreline area (Branford to Stonington), for stimulating conversation, waterfront strolls, and whatever else appeals to both of us.”  East Haven does not merit selection as a shoreline town according to this description.  Also, I read the NYRB personals because they amuse me not because I am on the lookout for something better.