1767 Milestones

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1767 Milestones
BostonMA PartingWaysStone.jpg
The "Parting Ways" stone in Roxbury
Location Massachusetts
Built no later than 1767
Architect Unknown (some erected by Paul Dudley)
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body State; some stones under local or private ownership
NRHP Reference # 71000084, 85003300[1][2]
Added to NRHP April 7, 1971

The 1767 Milestones are historic milestones located along the route of the Upper Boston Post Road between the cities of Boston and Springfield in Massachusetts. The 40 surviving milestones were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1] Massachusetts has a total of 129 surviving milestones including those along the upper Post Road.[3]

The first stone was erected by Paul Dudley, one of the prominent citizens of early 18th century Massachusetts, in Roxbury, which was at the time a separate community. Roxbury was located at the end of the Boston Neck, a narrow isthmus separating the mainland from the Shawmut Peninsula, where Boston was located. Travelers going by land from Boston to other areas had to travel over the neck and through Roxbury to reach their destinations. The Roxbury junction where Dudley placed the first stone was where several routes branched, heading south and west across New England.

Dudley erected several stones along the road from Boston to Cambridge which wound its way from Beacon Hill along what is now Washington Street through the Dudley Square area to what is now Huntington Avenue, then along Harvard Street through Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, and Allston crossing into Cambridge at the Great Bridge, where modern JFK Street in Cambridge becomes North Harvard Street in Allston. The stones that Mr. Dudley erected have the initial PD on them, usually at the bottom of the stone.[4] The most chatty of these milestones (not part of this collection), is inscribed P Dudley rather than PD, and is located on the corner of Centre and South Streets in Jamaica Plain.

The stones listed for miles 23 through 29 in Wayland and Sudbury are actually guideposts rather than milestones. They do not list any mileage. They were erected at road intersections rather than at the mile marks. The stones are quarried granite posts with plug & feather tool marks and post-date 1800.

Miles
to Boston
Year
Placed
Image Location Town Notes
01 1741 BostonMA PartingWaysStone.jpg 710529Centre and Roxbury Streets
42°19′48″N 71°5′29″W / 42.33000°N 71.09139°W / 42.33000; -71.09139 (Parting Ways Milestone)
Boston, Roxbury This stone is called the "Parting Ways" Stone.
04 1729 1767MilestoneHuntington.JPG 710642841 Huntington Avenue
42°19′57″N 71°6′42″W / 42.33250°N 71.11167°W / 42.33250; -71.11167 (Milestone 4)
Boston, Mission Hill
05 1729 BrooklineMA Milestone5.jpg 710717210 Harvard St.
42°20′24″N 71°7′17″W / 42.34000°N 71.12139°W / 42.34000; -71.12139 (Milestone 5)
Brookline
06 1729 BostonMA Milestone6.jpg 710756142 Harvard Ave.
42°21′07″N 71°07′54″W / 42.351947°N 71.131586°W / 42.351947; -71.131586 (Milestone 6)
Boston, Brighton
07 1729 BostonMA Milestone7.jpg 710742240 N. Harvard St.
42°21′42″N 71°07′48″W / 42.361556°N 71.129998°W / 42.361556; -71.129998 (Milestone 7)
Boston, Brighton
08 1734 Upper Post Road MP 8.jpg 710710Old Burial Ground
(Mass. Ave. and Garden St.)
42°22′29″N 71°7′10″W / 42.37472°N 71.11944°W / 42.37472; -71.11944 (Milestone 8)
Cambridge
23 WaylandMA Milestone23.jpg 712312River Road and Water Row
42°22′14″N 71°23′12″W / 42.37056°N 71.38667°W / 42.37056; -71.38667 (Milestone 23)
Wayland
24 SudburyMA Milestone24.jpg 712408Route 20 and Landham Road
42°21′39″N 71°24′8″W / 42.36083°N 71.40222°W / 42.36083; -71.40222 (Milestone 24)
Sudbury
25 SudburyMA Milestone25.jpg 712459Route 20 and Concord Road
42°21′44″N 71°24′59″W / 42.36222°N 71.41639°W / 42.36222; -71.41639 (Milestone 25)
Sudbury
26 SudburyMA Milestone26.jpg 712530Route 20 and Nobscot Road
42°21′36″N 71°25′30″W / 42.36000°N 71.42500°W / 42.36000; -71.42500 (Milestone 26)
Sudbury
27 712614listed at Boston Post Road and Dudley Road
42°21′36″N 71°26′13″W / 42.360003°N 71.436821°W / 42.360003; -71.436821 (Milestone 27)
Sudbury Listed as missing in 2009 state survey.
28 SudburyMA Milestone28.jpg 712732Route 20 and Peakham Road
42°21′35″N 71°27′32″W / 42.35972°N 71.45889°W / 42.35972; -71.45889 (Milestone 28)
Sudbury
29 SudburyMA Milestone29.jpg 712819Wayside Inn Road and Dutton Road
42°21′28″N 71°28′19″W / 42.35778°N 71.47194°W / 42.35778; -71.47194 (Milestone 29)
Sudbury
33 Boston Post Road Milestone 33, Northborough MA.jpg 713725143 E. Main St.
42°19′44″N 71°37′25″W / 42.32889°N 71.62361°W / 42.32889; -71.62361 (Milestone 33)
Northborough
35 ShrewsburyMA Milestone35.jpg 714143Boston Post Road and Dean Park
42°17′45″N 71°41′43″W / 42.29583°N 71.69528°W / 42.29583; -71.69528 (Milestone 35)
Shrewsbury
43 ShrewsburyMA Milestone43.jpg 714458West Main St. near I-290
42°17′35″N 71°44′58″W / 42.29306°N 71.74944°W / 42.29306; -71.74944 (Milestone 43)
Shrewsbury
47 WorcesterMA Milestone47.jpg 714728Lincoln St.
42°16′41″N 71°47′40″W / 42.278071°N 71.794392°W / 42.278071; -71.794392 (Milestone 47)
Worcester
48 714759Originally at 139 Salisbury St.
42°15′54″N 71°48′16″W / 42.265051°N 71.804379°W / 42.265051; -71.804379 (Milestone 48)
Worcester Moved to 30 Elm Street (Worcester Historical Museum) c. 2007
It was reported to be in storage there in January 2014.
53 1767 Milestones Marker 53.jpg 715310Route 9 at Collier's Corner
42°14′24″N 71°53′10″W / 42.24000°N 71.88611°W / 42.24000; -71.88611 (Milestone 53)
Leicester
54 1767 Milestones Marker 54 Replacement.jpg 715430Originally at Main St. east of Paxton St.
42°14′43″N 71°54′30″W / 42.24528°N 71.90833°W / 42.24528; -71.90833 (Milestone 54)
Leicester Stolen and recovered in the 1990s; relocated to museum space in local library in 1996. An unmarked replica is embedded in a stone wall just west of Paxton on the south side of Main Street.
56 1767 Milestones Marker 56.jpg 715640Between 1676 and 1710 Main St. (Route 9)
42°15′2″N 71°56′40″W / 42.25056°N 71.94444°W / 42.25056; -71.94444 (Milestone 56)
Leicester Opposite Leicester Drive-In.
57 1767 Milestones Marker 57.jpg 715721500 Main St. (Route 9)
42°15′21″N 71°57′21″W / 42.25583°N 71.95583°W / 42.25583; -71.95583 (Milestone 57)
Leicester In front of the Spencer Country Inn.
58 Boston Post Road Milestone 58, Spencer MA.jpg 715834 325 Main St. (Route 9)
42°15′6″N 71°58′34″W / 42.25167°N 71.97611°W / 42.25167; -71.97611 (Milestone 58)
Spencer
59 Boston Post Road Milestone 59, Spencer MA.jpg 715920Route 9, Spencer Shopper's Village
42°14′46″N 71°59′20″W / 42.24611°N 71.98889°W / 42.24611; -71.98889 (Milestone 59)
Spencer
60 Boston Post Road Milestone 60, Spencer MA.jpg 720028Route 9 at Dewey St.
42°14′12″N 72°0′28″W / 42.23667°N 72.00778°W / 42.23667; -72.00778 (Milestone 60)
Spencer
61 1767 Milestones Marker 61.jpg 720140133 West Main St. (Route 9)
42°13′52″N 72°1′40″W / 42.23111°N 72.02778°W / 42.23111; -72.02778 (Milestone 61)
Spencer
62 Post Road mile marker 62, East Brookfield MA.jpg 720240west of 324 East Main St. (Route 9)
42°13′38″N 72°2′40″W / 42.22722°N 72.04444°W / 42.22722; -72.04444 (Milestone 62)
East Brookfield Stone has been reengraved with loss of integrity.
63 Boston Post Road Milestone 63, East Brookfield MA.jpg 720401184 North Brookfield Rd.
42°13′42″N 72°4′1″W / 42.22833°N 72.06694°W / 42.22833; -72.06694 (Milestone 63)
East Brookfield
64 Boston Post Road Milestone 64, Brookfield MA.jpg 720445Elm Hill Rd., near North Brookfield line
42°13′49″N 72°4′45″W / 42.23028°N 72.07917°W / 42.23028; -72.07917 (Milestone 64)
Brookfield
65 Boston Post Road Milestone 65, Brookfield MA.jpg 720540Elm Hill Rd., east of North Brookfield Rd.
42°13′18″N 72°5′40″W / 42.22167°N 72.09444°W / 42.22167; -72.09444 (Milestone 65)
Brookfield
66 1767 Milestones Marker 66.jpg 720629East of 31 West Main St. (Route 9)
42°12′57″N 72°6′29″W / 42.21583°N 72.10806°W / 42.21583; -72.10806 (Milestone 66)
Brookfield
67 1767 Milestones Marker 67.jpg 720714102 Foster Hill Rd.
42°13′33″N 72°7′14″W / 42.22583°N 72.12056°W / 42.22583; -72.12056 (Milestone 67)
West Brookfield
68 Boston Post Road Milestone 68, West Brookfield MA.jpg 720815East end of town common
42°14′10″N 72°8′15″W / 42.23611°N 72.13750°W / 42.23611; -72.13750 (Milestone 68)
West Brookfield
69 1767 Milestones Marker 69.jpg 720922147 West Main St. (Route 9)
42°14′1″N 72°9′22″W / 42.23361°N 72.15611°W / 42.23361; -72.15611 (Milestone 69)
West Brookfield
70 1767 Milestones Marker 70.jpg 721022Route 67 near Old Patrick Rd.
42°13′19″N 72°10′22″W / 42.22194°N 72.17278°W / 42.22194; -72.17278 (Milestone 70)
Warren
71 1767 Milestones Marker 71.jpg 721059Burbank and Washington Sts.
(behind/north side of 129 Washington St.)
42°12′46″N 72°10′59″W / 42.21278°N 72.18306°W / 42.21278; -72.18306 (Milestone 71)
Warren
72 1767 Milestones Marker 72.jpg 721122Bemis and Washington Rds.
42°12′7″N 72°11′22″W / 42.20194°N 72.18944°W / 42.20194; -72.18944 (Milestone 72)
Warren Now in front of Warren Congregational Church; relocated after 1970.
73 1767 Milestones Marker 73.jpg 721220North side of Baypath Rd.
42°11′53″N 72°12′20″W / 42.19806°N 72.20556°W / 42.19806; -72.20556 (Milestone 73)
Warren
74 1767 Milestones Marker 74.jpg 721318970 Read St., east of West Warren Rd.
42°11′9″N 72°13′18″W / 42.18583°N 72.22167°W / 42.18583; -72.22167 (Milestone 74)
Warren
99 723446State Rd. (Route 20) at Springfield Armory
42°6′25″N 72°34′46″W / 42.10694°N 72.57944°W / 42.10694; -72.57944 (Milestone 99)
Springfield Now in storage at the Armory Museum.
999999Source unless otherwise cited: NRHP nomination papers[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ first refnum is for all milestones; second is for Brookline, Harvard Avenue stone
  3. ^ Gage, Mary E.; Gage, James E. (2014). Milestones & Guideposts of Massachusetts and Southeastern New Hampshire. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. pp. 155–160. ISBN 978-0-9816141-7-5. 
  4. ^ http://www.jphs.org/colonial/colonial-stones-mark-miles-from-old-roxbury-to-old-state-house.html
  5. ^ "NRHP Nomination for 1767 Milestones". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 

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