Walking the Post Road

Warwick Civic Center in the village of Apponaug

“It is admirable to see what paths their hardened feet have made in the wilderness in the most stony and rocky places.”

Roger Williams, A Key Into the Language of America, Chapter XI on Travel, 68.


  1. 1.Esther Bernon Carpenter, South County Studies of Some Eighteenth-Century Persons, Places, and Conditions in that Portion of Rhode Island Called Narragansett (Boston, printed for the subscribers, 1924), 237. The quotes are taken from the diary of Reverend James Bailey, who traveled in the area in 1754. Born in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1732, and traveling as the companion of a wealthy baronet, Bailey seems to have had a somewhat dyspeptic personality, and eventually was forced to flee the American colonies in 1777 because of his strong Tory leanings. The diaries were edited by him and published many years later in Annapolis, Nova Scotia, where he died in 1808.

  2. 2.Martha R. McPartland, The History of Greenwich, Rhode Island, 1677-1960 (East Greenwich Library Association, 1960), 12.

  3. 3.Carpenter, 237.

  4. 4.Journal of Madam Knight, October 3, 1704.

  5. 5.Thomas Prince Lists a Drake’s Tavern in East Greenwich, 10 miles from Pawtuxet, but I have been unable to find information about the tavern. Knight does not mention the town at all, which in 1708, four years after her journey, had 280 inhabitants

Distance Covered in this entry: 10.84 miles

Total Distance covered in Rhode Island: 60.6 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project: 129.4 miles