Walking the Post Road

Junction of Post Road and Old Post Road in Fairfield. The three mile stretch that includes this area is not particularly scenic, mostly views of Interstate 95, train tracks, and exotic establishments such as McDonald’s, Walgreens, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Lots of time to daydream.

“Napoleon moved no faster than Julius Caeser.”

Paul Valéry, cited in Fernand Braudel, The Structure of Everyday Life, (Los Angeles, California: UCLA Press, 1992), 429.

Distance Walked in the Entry: 3.06 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut:  112.33 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston): 282.9 miles

Distance Remaining to New York: 63.5 miles


  1. 1. Henry P. Sage, The Milestones of Connecticut, 45.

  2. 2. John Winthrop Jr., Travel Diary, (1645), 504-508.

  3. 3. Sarah Knight, Diary of Madam Knight, 67-75.

  4. 4. Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, 146-72.

  5. 5. James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, 25-40.

  6. 6.George Washington, Diary, 19-33.

  7. 7.Frederic Wood, The Turnpikes of New England, 27.

  8. 8.Tony Judt, The Glory of the Rails, New York Review of Books, December 23, 2010.  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/dec/23/glory-rails/

  9. 9.William Gibbs McNeil, Captain U.S.T. Engineers, Report on the Survey for a Rail Road from Stonington, Conn. to Providence, R.I. with an approximate estimate of its cost, March 1832. Accessed from Google Books January 12, 2010. Here is a biographical summary of this interesting man.

  10. 10. 1930s Milestone image from the collection of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, thanks to the generous assistance of Assistant Librarian/ Genealogist Rod MacKenzie.