The "Parting Ways" stone in Roxbury
|Built||no later than 1767|
|Architect||Unknown (some erected by Paul Dudley)|
|NRHP reference #||71000084, 85003300|
|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. Massachusetts has a total of 129 surviving milestones including those along the upper Post Road.
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 Dudley erected have the initial PD on them, usually at the bottom of the stone. 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. This makes them ineligible for this list.
|01||1741||Centre and Roxbury Streets
||Boston, Roxbury||This stone is called the "Parting Ways Stone".|
|03||1729||Centre Street, Fort Hill, Roxbury
||Boston, Roxbury, Fort Hill||This stone is set in relief along a large stone retaining wall along Centre Street, most likely relocated to this location.|
|04||1729||841 Huntington Avenue
||Boston, Mission Hill|
|05||1729||210 Harvard St.
|06||1729||142 Harvard Ave.
|07||1729||240 N. Harvard St.
|08||1734||Old Burial Ground
(Mass. Ave. and Garden St.)
|33||143 E. Main St.
|35||Boston Post Road and Dean Park
|43||c.1760||West Main St. near I-290
|48||Originally at 139 Salisbury St.
||Worcester||Moved to 30 Elm Street (Worcester Historical Museum) c. 2007|
It was reported to be in storage there in January 2014.
|53||Route 9 at Collier's Corner
|54||Originally at Main St. east of Paxton St.
||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||Between 1676 and 1710 Main St. (Route 9)
||Leicester||Opposite Leicester Drive-In.|
|57||500 Main St. (Route 9)
||Leicester||In front of the Spencer Country Inn.|
|58|| 325 Main St. (Route 9)
|59||Route 9, Spencer Shopper's Village
|60||Route 9 at Dewey St.
|61||133 West Main St. (Route 9)
|62||west of 324 East Main St. (Route 9)
||East Brookfield||Stone has been reengraved with loss of integrity.|
|63||184 North Brookfield Rd.
|64||Elm Hill Rd., near North Brookfield line
|65||Elm Hill Rd., east of North Brookfield Rd.
|66||East of 31 West Main St. (Route 9)
|67||102 Foster Hill Rd.
|68||East end of town common
|69||147 West Main St. (Route 9)
|70||Route 67 near Old Patrick Rd.
|71||Burbank and Washington Sts.
(behind/north side of 129 Washington St.)
|72||Bemis and Washington Rds.
||Warren||Now in front of Warren Congregational Church; relocated after 1970.|
|73||North side of Baypath Rd.
|74||970 Read St., east of West Warren Rd.
|99||1763||State St. at Federal St. (Springfield Armory)
||Springfield||Known as the "Wait Guide Stone". Inscribed-|
Replica placed in 2010. Original in storage at the Armory Museum.
|Source unless otherwise cited: NRHP nomination papers|
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- first refnum is for all milestones; second is for Brookline, Harvard Avenue stone
- 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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Rivais, Larry (13 April 2010). "Springfield honors its past with replica of historic Wait Boston Road Marker". The Republican. Springfield, MA. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
- "NRHP Nomination for 1767 Milestones". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in northern Boston, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in southern Boston, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Brookline, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Worcester County, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hampden County, Massachusetts