Walking the Post Road

Stillwater Avenue, West Stamford,  on the road to Greenwich.

“ Being overtaken by a great storm of wind and snow which set full in our faces about dark, we were very uneasy.”

Sarah Kemble Knight, traveling home from New York City to Boston on December 21, 1703.


  1. 1.Elijah Baldwin Huntington, History of Stamford, Connecticut (Stamford, CT: Gillespie, 1868), 15.

  2. 2.Ibid., 2.

  3. 3.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Stamford,_Connecticut#cite_note-DiGiovanni-8

  4. 4.To give one example: According to the crime map 26 robberies occurred in Stamford in the period from November 11, 2010 (when the data started to be posted) and today (February 8, 2011).  Of these, 6 occurred along the half mile stretch of Stillwater Avenue from the river to Lione Park. I walked a total of four miles in Stamford along the old post road and along the route of the remaining three and one half miles only three robberies occurred. So the rate of robberies for an admittedly small data set (although the pattern holds true for the over 300 crimes committed in the three month span in Stamford) is as follows: 12 robberies per mile along the Stillwater Avenue stretch, 0.8 robberies along the remaining stretch, which is not exactly a crime free zone as the map shows. Therefore a random person is 15 times more likely to be robbed along Stillwater Avenue from Main Street to Lione Park than along any other stretch of the road through Stamford.  This of course assumes robberies are random which they most assuredly are not. However I think the data speaks to the fact that no matter how you slice it, crime is more prevalent in this neighborhood.

  5. 5.The income list showing wealthiest towns with a population over 50,000 ranks Greenwich #1.

  6. 6.Spencer P. Mead, Ye Historie of Ye Towne of Greenwich (New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1911), Chapter IV, passim on the settlement of Greenwich and establishment of its boundaries.

  7. 7.Rachel Carley, Building Greenwich: Architecture and Design, 1640-the present (Greenwich Historical Society, 2005, printed in Korea), 32.

  8. 8.Mead, 47 & 61-64.  Mead is slightly unclear about the succession of bridges over the river, but using Colles’s map and one or two other maps, as well as using information acquired on the road as shown above, I was able to determine the course of the original road.  On another tangentially related note, apparently there is an episode of the show Jackass, one of the few episodes I have not seen (I am a guy after all, and I freely admit to enjoying the Three Stooges), where they visit the neighborhood of Mianus in Greenwich merely to stand by the river so that they can talk about being at Mianus.  I will let the reader figure out the puerile humor here, adding as a clue that it rhymes with the planet Uranus.

  9. 9. J.P. Brissot de Warville, New Travels in the United States of America, translated from the French by an Englishman (first published in 1792; edited by C.S. Van Tassel and republished in Great American Historical Classics series by the Historical Publishing Company, Bowling Green Ohio, 1919), 87.

  10. 10. James Birket, Some Cursory Remarks, 39.

  11. 11. Mead, 48-51.

Distance Walked in the Entry: 4.60 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut:  139.26 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston): 309.9 miles

Distance Remaining to New York: 38 miles