Walking the Post Road

The “Rosetta” Milestone which reads “14 Miles to NH” located in the grass at the intersection of East Broadway and Ferry Boulevard in Stratford, Connecticut.  I used this stone to fix my position on a 1789 map of the road from Stratford to New York.

“ A mile or so west of the Housatonic River, the Post Road curves sharply as one enters the town of Stratford. No. 14 stands on the south side of the highway, just before one reaches the aforesaid curve. It is of light gray, field stone, cone shaped: about 2½ feet high; and bears a large and plainly read inscription. In 1924 this stone was uprooted from its location, but was later reset nearby. It bears the date 1768.”

Henry P. Sage, “Ye Milestones of Connecticut”, in Papers of the New Haven Historical Society, Volume X, 1951, 41-2.

Distance Walked in the Entry: 2.0 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut: 104.6 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  275.1 miles

Distance Remaining to New York:  71.0 miles


  1. 1.Jean-Pierre Brissot de Warville, New Travels in the United States of America, translated by an Englishman, 1792. Edited by C.S. Van Tassel, 1919 for Great American Historical Classics Series (Bowling Green, Ohio: Historical Publications, Inc., 1919).

  2. 2.Henry P. Sage “ye Milsestones of Connecticut,” in Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, Vol. X (New Haven: Printed for the Society, 1951), 42.

  3. 3.George Washington, The Diary of George Washington, From 1789 to 1791, edited by Benson J. Lossing (Richmond: The Press of the Historical Society, 1861), 22.

  4. 4.Reverend Samuel Orcutt, A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport in Connecticut, (New York: Tuttle, Morehouse, and Taylor, 1886), 390.

  5. 5.Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, 166.

  6. 6.William H. Wilcoxen, History of Stratford, Connecticut, 1639-1939 (Stratford, 1939), 191, 493-4, 626.

  7. 7.I used Nathanael Low’s Almanacs from the years 1767, 1775, and 1790 for tavern lists on “the Road to New York.” Low’s diaries can be found in Evan’s Early American Imprints, which I accessed from the website of the Boston Public Library.

  8. 8.Hamilton, 167.

  9. 9.Washington, 22.

  10. 10. James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, 37-8.

  11. 11. Sarah Kemble Knight, Journal, 67.