Walking the Post Road

Tower Hill Road (US 1) in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

“We viewed the sea from a high rock where we could see the spray beating with violence over the tops of the rocks upon the coast and below us of three or four miles extent, a pleasant green meadow, thro’ the middle of which run a pritty winding river. Most of the open country round is open, hilly, and rocky.”

Alexander Hamilton at Tower Hill, Sunday, July 15, 1744.

Distance Covered in this entry: 8.52 miles

Total Distance covered in Rhode Island: 80.2 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project: 148.9 miles


  1. 1.Charles V. and Anna A. Chapin, History of Rhode Island Ferries (Providence: Oxford Press, 1925), 48. Chapin ranks the ferries of Rhode Island in importance and puts the Newport to Narragansett via Jamestown ferries at the top.

  2. 2.Ibid., 1-7.

  3. 3. Walter L. Watson, The History of Jamestown on Conanicut Island in the State of Rhode Island (Providence: Greene & Co., 1949), 50.

  4. 4. Alexander Hamilton, Gentleman’s Progress: The Itinerarium of Dr. Alexander Hamilton, 1744, ed. with an Introduction by Carl Bridenbaugh (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1948), 158.

  5. 5.James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks Made by James Birket in his Voyage to North America, 1750-1751 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1926), 31.

  6. 6.Hamilton, 158.

  7. 7.Watson, 1-15, passim.

  8. 8.J.R. Cole, A History of Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island (New York: W.W. Preston, 1889), 39.

  9. 9.Birket, 31.

  10. 10. 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), 238.

  11. 11. William Miller, The Narragansett Planters in American Antiquarian Society Proceedings, April 1933, 20.

  12. 12. William Miller, The Removal of the County Seat from Tower Hill to Little Rest in 1752, reprinted from the Rhode Island Historical Society Collection, 1926.

  13. 13. Carpenter, 238-9.

  14. 14. Hamilton, 99.

  15. 15. Birket, 31.