“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Warren in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Boston Post Road

Boston Post Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
1. Boston Post Road Marker
Inscription. This section of the old Boston Post Road – Washington Street to Southbridge Road – was probably named for General George Washington who traveled this way en route to Boston to take command of the American troops in 1775. He had paused at the Solomon Keyes home at the intersection of Washington and East Streets, to confer with Captain Putnam about supplying Minutemen from this area. Many local men marched to Boston the day after the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775.

Boston Post Road was the original main thoroughfare through Warren. It took its name from its purpose – it was the route of the Colonial post service from New York to Boston, established in 1673. Postmaster Benjamin Franklin ordered mileposts to be set out along the route, marking the mileage to Boston, and setting mail rates according to distance. Some of these markers still stand.

Other sections of this road ran through Comins Pond to Brimfield Road and up Bay Path Road, past “Devil’s Elbow” and on to Reed St.
Erected 2001 by Warren Historical Commission.
Location. 42° 13.038′ N, 72° 10.808′ W. Marker is near Warren, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of Boston Post Road
Marker on Boston Post Road Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
2. Marker on Boston Post Road
(Massachusetts Route 67) and Washington Street, on the left when traveling south on Boston Post Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookfield MA 01506, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. Henry Knox Trail (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Boston Post Road (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Gilbert (approx. 2.7 miles away); Brookfield (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 4 miles away); Indian Hill (approx. 6.6 miles away); Steerage Rock (approx. 6.6 miles away); Wheeler’s Surprise (approx. 8.8 miles away).
Boston Post Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
3. Boston Post Road Marker
This road also witnessed the passage of Gen. Henry Knox's artillery train during the winter of 1775-76 as he and his men transported cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Gen. Washington in Cambridge.
Benj. Franklin Mile Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
4. Benj. Franklin Mile Marker
This is one of the milepost markers that Franklin had set out along the route of the Boston Post Road. It is located about 2½ miles north of the marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,224 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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