Walking the Post Road

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.” 

Khalil Gibran

The Voice of the Master

Above Left: View North on Washington Street towards Boston near Lenox Street. This was the site of the George Tavern on Boston Neck, at the fortifications. Approximately two miles from the Old State House.


1  Walter Muir Whitehill, Boston: A Topographical History, 26.

2  Francis S. Drake, The Town of Roxbury ( Boston, 1878. Reprinted by Municipal Printing of Boston, 1905), 66.

3  Mel Yazawa, ed. The Diary and Life of Samuel Sewall (Boston: Bedford Books,1998), Dec 17 1685.

4 Ibid., Sewall Diary, Feb 13, 1686;  Yazawa also discusses it on page 90.

5 Drake, 68.

6 Drake, 67.

7 Whitehill, 22.

8 Whitehill, 74.

9 Whitehill, note 4 on page 258.

10 John Philip Marquand, The Late George Apley, (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1937), 25-26.

11 William Dean Howell, The Rise of Silas Lapham, ( Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1885), 31.

12 http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/PDR/PDRSubject.asp?SubjectID=25 , publication #548a, #6a Boston Population by Ward and Precinct.

13. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1945), 79.

14 http://www.judysbook.com/members/28052/posts/2006/2/258389/

15 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1724-Washington-St-Boston-MA-02118/2139461695_zpid/

Above Left: The Porter House, 1806-7. The oldest remaining building in the South End at 1724 Washington Street. Restored in 1997, the previously decrepit structure barely survived. A two bedroom condo in the building is currently available for $849,000 (13).

Above Right: Dark clouds over nineteenth-century houses on the West Side of Blackstone Square. Note that this is the square on the left side of Washington Street on the Hale Map below. These clouds have often seemed to hover over the area once known as Boston Neck.