Walking the Post Road

Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

“This town has more advantages then (sic) any other in this Government as being a seaport, a great deal of Publick Bussiness transacted here as courts & the Sitting of the Counsell & Assembly And the great highroad that runs through North America and which divides about two miles to the Eastward as mentioned above as also the Colledge which Brings many people here from different parts of the Country.”

James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, about New Haven, Connecticut, October 9, 1750.

Distance Walked in the Entry:  5.54 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut: 85.97 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston): 256.5 miles

Distance Remaining to New York: 88 miles


  1. 1. Edward E. Atwater, editor, The History of the City of New Haven to the Present Time (New York: Munsell, 1887), particularly Chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, which discuss streets, bridges, travel and transportation, inns, post offices, etc.

  2. 2.Hugh Finlay, Journal Kept by Hugh Finlay, Surveyor of the Post Roads of the Continent of North America, During his Survey of the Post Offices Between Falmouth and Casco Bay in the Province of Massachusetts Bay and Savannah in Georgia, Begun the 13th Septr 1773 and Ended 26th June 1774., edited by Frank Norton (New York: Frank H. Norton, 1867), 40.

  3. 3. Finlay, 39.

  4. 4.James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, October 9, 1750, 35-6.

  5. 5.Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, Tuesday August 29, 1744, 165.

  6. 6.Ibid., 165 and note on page 248.

  7. 7.Rollin G. Osterweis, Three Centuries of New Haven, (New Haven: Yale, 1938), 70.

  8. 8.Sarah Knight, Diary of Madam Knight, 63-64.

  9. 9.I wish to acknowledge James W. Campbell of the New Haven Museum for his generous assistance and enthusiasm in helping me to find maps of New Haven, as well as for pointing me in the direction of helpful people at historical societies further down the road.