Walking the Post Road

Bridge over Pawcatuck River, Westerly, Rhode Island, with Pawcatuck, Connecticut in background on the opposite side of the bridge.

“Of Travell.

Mayi. -Away.

Mayuo? - Is there a way?

Mat mayanunno. - There is no way.

Mishimmayagat.- A great path.

Machipscat.- A stone path.

Mnatotemuckaun.- I will ask the way.”

Algonkian Words translated into English by Roger Williams in Key to the Language of America, 68.

Distance Covered in this entry: 11.75 miles

Total Distance covered in Rhode Island: 101.7 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project: 170.5 miles


  1. 1.I used the diaries of Winthrop, Knight, Hamilton, Birket, and Bailey (in A Traveller in Old Narragansett), all of which I have referred to in previous entries.

  2. 2.Mary Agnes Best, Westerly: The Town that Saved a State (Westerly, RI: the Utter Company, 1943).

  3. 3. Best, 237.

  4. 4. Ibid., 82.

  5. 5.Frederick Denison, Westerly and its Witnesses for 250 years, 1626-1876 (Providence: J.A. Reid, 1878), 57.

Note regarding the Ninigret “Kings” : Further research has uncovered that Thomas Ninigret, “King Tom” of King Tom’s Drive, was the son who Birket failed to see as he was a minor with his grandmother. George Ninigret died in 1746, leaving Tom, born in 1738, as heir to his lands. Tom would have been 12 at the time of Birket’s visit. He married Mary Whitfield of Newport in 1761, which would jibe with Bailey’s comment in 1757 that Tom was at school at Newport, and died at the age of 32 in 1769 or 1770. Thus my conjecture above turns out to have been correct.