Walking the Post Road

New England summer without ice cream- Unthinkable! Hill-Top Creamery, 5720 Post Road, East Greenwich/North Kingstown line, Rhode Island.

“ Being thus agreably entertain’d without a thou’t of anything but thoughts themselves, I on a suden was Rous’d from these pleasing Imaginations, by the Post’s sounding his horn, which assured mee hee was arrived at the Stage, where we were to Lodg; and that musick was then most musickal and agreeable to me.”

Sarah Kemble Knight, on arriving at Havens’ Tavern, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Tuesday October 3, 1704.


  1. 1.Thomas Bicknell, The History of the State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations, 4 volumes. (New York: American Historical Press, 1920), Volume II, p. 767.

  2. 2. Martha R. McPartland, The History of Greenwich, Rhode Island, 1677-1960 (East Greenwich Library Association, 1960), 30-40 passim.

  3. 3. Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America, originally published in 1643, edited with an Introduction by Howard Chapin (Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1936), 3.

  4. 4.Kathleen J. Bragdon, Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650 (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996), 25-28.

  5. 5. Sarah Kemble Knight, The Journey of Madam Knight, in Colonial American Travel Narratives, Edited and with an Introduction by Wendy Martin (New York: Penguin Books, 1994), 57.

  6. 6.Ibid., 55.

  7. 7. Wilkins Updike, The History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island (New York: Henry M. Onkerdonk, 1847), page X.

  8. 8. Ricardo Elia, and Nancy Seasholes, Architectural Review and Phase I Archaeological Survey of the Reconstruction of Post Road in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Investigation Number 75 (Boston: Boston University Office of Public Archaeology, 1989), 22.

  9. 9.Bicknell, Volume III, 1168.

  10. 10. http://www.smithscastle.org/about_castle/about_castle.htm

  11. 11. William R. Carlton, “Overland to Connecticut in 1645: A Travel Diary of John Winthrop, Jr.,” The  New England Quarterly 13 (September 1940): 506.

  12. 12. Updike, 260.

Distance Covered in this entry: 11.04 miles

Total Distance covered in Rhode Island: 71.7 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project: 140.4 miles