Walking the Post Road

‘Feria secunda, July 14, 1707. Mr. Antram and I, having Benjamin and David to wait on us, measured with his wheel from the Town-House Two Miles, and drove down stakes at each mile’s end, in order to place Stone-posts in convenient time. From the Town house to the Oak and Walnut, is a mile wanting 211/2 rods. Got home about 8 o’clock.’

Samuel Sewall Diary

Left: 3 Miles to Boston, 1729. Milestone placed by Paul Dudley

1 Clifford K. Shipton, Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, Volume IV, 1690-1700 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1933), 44.

2 Francis Drake, The Town of Roxbury (Boston: Municipal Printing reprint 1905 of 1878 original), 252.

3 Nathaniel Shurtleff, quoted in “Old Milestones Leading from Boston,” a paper by Dr. Green in Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol XLII, January 1909, 87.

4 Drake, 252.