Walking the Post Road

St. Paul’s Churchyard with the site of the World Trade Center beyond.

“The City makes a very fine appearance for above a mile all along the river, and here lies a great deal of shipping.”

Alexander Hamilton, Friday June 5, 1744, on his arrival at New York.

“I left New York with no little regret.”

Sarah Kemble Knight, Thursday December 21, 1704 on her departure from New York.

The number of people I have to thank for their assistance is too large to properly list, but there have been many and I thank all of you for helping me to see this project through to its conclusion. I also want to thank Eric Jaffe both for publishing a book about the Post Road that finally got me out the door and onto the road, and for taking the time to meet with me to discuss our respective experiences on the road.  I would also be remiss if I did not acknowledge the deep influence Henry David Thoreau, Luis Bunuel, Carl Bridenbaugh, Carl Schorske, and Jack Kerouac have had in the creation and execution of this project.  And to all my friends and relatives who have encouraged me, even when they secretly (and sometimes not so secretly!) thought I was crazy.  Special thanks to both of my sisters for their encouragement, but especially Cheryl, who has been a dedicated reader and commentator right from the start.  Also to John Tierney whose blog was a source of inspiration for me to do this project, as well as for being a faithful reader.  And finally, to those who traveled the Post Road before me and left a record of their journey: John Birket, the Reverend Manasseh Cutler, President George Washington, the inimitable Madam Sarah Kemble Knight, and my personal favorite, Dr. Alexander Hamilton, who traveled the road for his health, and inspired me to do the same.

Finally, this project would never have happened without the encouragement of the love of my life, my wife Dana. I can’t even begin to thank you.

Distance Walked in the Entry:  2.0 miles

Total Distance Walked in New York State: 36.3 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  350 miles

Distance Remaining to New York (Bowling Green, Federal Hall, Battery Park, wherever the ‘real’ end of the trip is located): 0 miles.  The end.