King's Highway (Charleston to Boston)
|Length:||1,300 mi (2,100 km)|
|Existed:||Late 1600s – 1800s|
The King's Highway was a roughly 1,300-mile (2,100 km) road laid out from 1650 to 1735 in the American colonies. It was built on the order of Charles II of England, who directed his colonial governors to link Charleston, South Carolina, and Boston, Massachusetts.
Mail delivery in the Northeast
Herman Moll’s 1729 “Post Map” described the route:
|“||An account of ye Post of ye Continent of Nth. America as they were regulated by ye Postmaster Genl. of ye Post House.
The Western Posts setts out from Philadelphia and arrives at New York Saturday night; the distance between Philadelphia & New York being 106 Miles. The Post goes Eastward every Monday morning from New York and arrives at Seabrook Thursady noon.; being 150 Miles the Post setts out from Boston at the same time; the New York Post returns with the Eastern Letters, and the Boston Post with the Western. Bags are dropt at New London, Stommington, Rhode Island, and Bristol. The Post from Boston to Pisacataway being 70 Miles leaves Letters at Ipswich, Salem, Marblehead, Newberry. There are offices kept at Burlington, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, New London and Stommington in Connecticott, at Rhode Island, Bristol, Ipswich, Salem, Marblehead, & Newberry. and the 3 great offices are Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.
Boston Post Road
The Boston Post Road was a system of mail-delivery routes between New York City and Boston that evolved into the first major highways in the United States. The Upper Post Road was originally called the Pequot Path and had been in use by native Americans long before Europeans arrived. Some of these important native trails had been pounded by moccasin-shod feet for so many years that they were two feet below the surrounding woodland.
The colonists first used this trail to deliver the mail using post riders. The first ride to lay-out the Upper Post Road started on January 1, 1673. Later, the newly blazed trail was widened and smoothed to the point where horse-drawn wagons or stagecoaches could use the road. During the 19th century, turnpike companies took over and improved pieces of the road. Large sections of the various routes are still called the King's Highway and Boston Post Road. Much of the Post Road is now U.S. Route 1, and U.S. Route 20.
Route of the King's Highway
Milestone 8 on the Upper Post Road in Harvard Square
- Locating the Old Wagon Roads
- Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
- "JERSEY; In Praise of New Jersey's Highways. Honest. - New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014.