Walking the Post Road

A sunny day on the Post Road. A farmhouse and a barn surrounded by the ubiquitous stone walls found along the Pequot Trail, Stonington, CT. New England at its finest.

“I dined att Williams’s att Stonington with a Boston Merchant...and a Scotch Irish pedlar. The pedlar seemed to understand his business to a hair...while he smoothed her up with his palabar the Bostoner amused her with religious cant...Our conversation at dinner was a medley; (the merchant) affected much learning and the pedlar talked of trade.”

Alexander Hamilton, Saturday, August 25, 1744.

Distance Covered in this entry: 7.86 miles

Total Distance covered in Connecticut:  7.86 miles

Total Distance Covered for this Project:  178.4 miles


  1. 1.Katherine B. Crandall, The Fine Old Town of Stonington (Watch Hill, RI: Book and Tackle Shop, 1994), 30.

2. William Haynes, The Stonington Chronology (Chester CT: Pequot Press, 1976), 16.

3. Knight traveled through Stonington, October 4, 1704 and spent the night at Saxton’s. Hamilton passed through on Saturday July 15, 1744 and again on Saturday, August 25, 1744. Birket visited Stonington on October 5, 1750.

  1. 4.William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (New York: Hill and Wang, 1983), 13. Many reviewers throw out phrases like “life-changing”  with such alacrity that I hesitate to recommend anything for fear of sounding like an overzealous salesman. However, this book is one of the few I have read that justify the hyperbole. This book literally changed the entire way I think about mankind’s relationship to nature as well as making me rethink the notion that Europeans  went around destroying places that previously were inhabited by “noble savages” living in perfect harmony with nature, almost as if they too were part of the wildlife and not really human. It was reading Cronon’s book that I first became conscious of the fact that Indians are people just like any other group of people, and that people are not perfect, and the actions of the Indians in the lands they inhabited had a heavy, not always positive, impact on the environment.