Walking the Post Road

St Paul’s Church National Historic Site, Mount Vernon, New York, a reminder of the old road hidden away in an industrial area on the edge of  the Bronx.

“By this dignity of walking (and in Tibetan speech a human may be an ‘erect goer’ or ‘the precious going one’) pilgrims acquire future merit and earthly happiness...”

Colin Thubron, To a Mountain in Tibet. (Harper, 2011) From a chapter published in The New York Review of Books, Volume LVIII, Number 4, March 10, 2011, page 26.


  1. 1.Henry David Thoreau, Walking in Carl Bode, Ed., The Portable Thoreau ( New York: Viking, 1947), 592.

  2. 2.Carl E. Schorske, Fin-De-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (New York: Viking, 1981), xxi-xxii.

  3. 3.Frederic Shonnard and W.W. Spooner, The History of Westchester County From Its Earliest Settlement to the Year 1900 (New York: New York History Company, 1900), 174.

  4. 4.Sarah Knight, Diary, 67.

  5. 5.Ibid., 71.

  6. 6.Alexander Hamilton, Itinerarium, 171. 

  7. 7.Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville, New Travels In The United States of America, 87.

  8. 8. Manasseh Cutler, Life Journals, 226.

  9. 9. George Washington, Diary, 52.

  10. 10. Ibid., 20.

  11. 11. Other books consulted for this entry include Lockwood Barr, The Ancient Town of Pelham (Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 1946), and J. Thomas Scharf, History of Westchester County (Philadelphia: Preston, 1886), especially pages 685-697 on New Rochelle, by the Reverend Charles E. Lindsey, D.D. and pages 701-714 on Pelham, also by Lindsey. The image of Guion’s Tavern in New Rochelle is from page 685.

  12. 12. Cutler, 226.

  13. 13. I also wish to thank Mike Callahan of the NPS at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon for his interest and assistance.

Distance Walked in the Entry: 4.4 miles

Total Distance Walked in New York State:  14.6 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  328.2 miles

Distance Remaining to New York (Bowling Green):  19 miles