Walking the Post Road

Welcome to New York. Sign at Byram River Bridge, which marks the border between Greenwich, CT and Port Chester, NY.

“Rye, lying thus on the confines of two states, whose boundaries from the outset were but ill-defined, and remained for nearly a century in dispute, its history in a measure might be forecast,”

Charles W. Baird, Chronicle of a Border Town: Rye, New York (1870), 7, on the distinct history of the town of Rye, including today’s Port Chester.


  1. 1.Charles W. Baird, Chronicle of a Border Town: The History of Rye, Westchester County, 1660-1870, Including White Plains and Harrison until 1788 (New York: Anson D.F. Randolph, 1871), 118. This fine book is an example of the best type of local history: short on histrionics, light on racism (for 1871), strong on detail, and interesting to read, with a point of view that is clear from the title and the quotation above.  It is easy to think after reading a hundred or so of these local histories that the authors basically make it up and want you to believe their town to be the most important town in America.  Very few just tell the story of the town in the context of American history and are happy to leave it at that. The town’s history is often interesting enough without all the claptrap about who was at Lexington and Concord or who was the General Washington’s most important right-hand man, or who were the most patriotic boys ever sent off to (name your war-Civil, WWI, WWI, Vietnam, etc.) Probably not since Walpole and Willard Delue have I found a book that I enjoyed reading as much as this one. I would love to quote many pages out of it but I will allow readers the pleasure of discovering the book on their own if they find themselves in the comfortable confines of the well-stocked Rye Free Reading Room.

  2. 2.Knight, Diary, December 6, 1704, 67.  She reserved more venom than usual for this place. Another small sample: “ poor I made but one Grone, which was from the time I went to bed to the time I Riss, which was about three in the morning.” At least she doesn’t mention bedbugs.

Distance Walked in the Entry:  2.85 miles

Total Distance Walked in New York State: 2.85 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  316.5 miles

Distance Remaining to New York (Bowling Green):  31 miles