Walking the Post Road

Falls at Pawtucket on Blackstone River, formerly the boundary between the Massachusetts and Rhode Island colonies. A bridge was built across the Falls in 1713. An early site for mills that powered the Industrial Revolution in America.


  1. 1.Jack Authelet, Images of America: Foxborough, Massachusetts (Boston, 2001), 1.

  2. 2.Clifford Lane, This Was Foxborough (Foxborough, 1966), 10.

  3. 3. Neal Salisbury, Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982), 19-21, passim.

  4. 4.Wamsutta was the eldest son of Massasoit, Sachem of the Wampanoag at the time of the establishment of Plymouth Colony. He was the brother of Philip (Metacom). Wamsutta served as Sachem of the Wampanoag, or Pokanoket from 1660, when his father died, to 1662, when he died under mysterious circumstances in Plymouth, and was succeeded by his brother Philip. Philip ruled as Sachem until his murder in 1676 by a posse of English settlers near Mount Hope in Bristol, Rhode Island.

  5. 5.John Daggett, Sketch of the History of North Attleborough (Boston: Samuel Usher, 1894), 109.

  6. 6.Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, 104.

  7. 7.Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, 25.

“John Woodcock is allowed by the Court to keep an Ordinary at Ten Miles River (so called) which is in the way from Rehoboth to the Bay;  and likewise enjoined to keep good order, that no unruliness or ribaldry be permitted there.”

July 5, 1670.

From Colonial Records, cited by John Daggett, in Sketch of the History of Attleborough (1894), p.90