Walking the Post Road

View of Downtown Providence from Main Street heading into the City from Pawtucket. This is the route Alexander Hamilton followed on his return to Maryland from Boston, crossing Pawtucket Falls over the rickety bridge first built in 1713 and replaced in 1731.

  1. 1.Hamilton, Itinerarium, 148.

  2. 2.Ibid., 149.

  3. 3.Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, 25.

  4. 4.Susan Marie Boucher, The History of Pawtucket, 1635-1986, passim.

…having made covenant of peaceable neighborhood with all the sachems and natives round about us, and having, in a sense of God’s merciful providence unto me in my distress, called the place PROVIDENCE, I desired it might be for a shelter for persons distressed for conscience;

Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island.