Walking the Post Road

Rumford Baking Company Building, East Providence, RI

“ On the 16th of September came to my house to board Mrs Elizabeth Herbert... She came from the Island of St. Cristopher.” (1)

Warning out notice submitted by Innkeeper Daniel Hunt September 28, 1734, to the town government, a requirement whenever a stranger came to town. East Providence has seen thousands of strangers come and go over four centuries.  Traces of many still remain.


  1. 1.Richard LeBaron Bowen, Early Rehoboth: Documented Historical Studies of Families and Events in This Plymouth Colony Township, Volume II (Rehoboth, MA: Privately Printed,1945), 144.

  2. 2.Edward Field, The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century ( Providence: Mason Publishing, 1902), 536-537.

  3. 3.Richard Mather Bayles, History of Providence County, RI, 2 volumes (New York: Preston, 1891), 48-65, passim.

  4. 4.Field, 536.

  5. 5.Joseph Conforti, Our Heritage: A History of East Providence (White Plains, NY: Monarch, 1976), 66-75, passim.

  6. 6.William G. McLoughlin, Rhode Island: A History (New York: Norton, 1978), 57.

  7. 7.Bowen, Early Rehoboth, 7-8.

  8. 8.Ibid., 59.

  9. 9.Ibid., 93.

  10. 10. Ibid., 58-84, passim.

  11. 11. Conforti, 74.