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1767 Milestones

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1767 Milestones
BostonMA PartingWaysStone.jpg
The "Parting Ways" stone in Roxbury
Builtno later than 1767
ArchitectUnknown (some erected by Paul Dudley)
NRHP reference #71000084, 85003300[1][2]
Added to NRHPApril 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 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. This makes them ineligible for this list.

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Image Location Town Notes
01 1741
BostonMA PartingWaysStone.jpg
Centre 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".
03 1729
3 Miles to Boston.jpg
Centre Street, Fort Hill, Roxbury
42°19′46″N 71°5′36″W / 42.32944°N 71.09333°W / 42.32944; -71.09333 (Milestone 3)
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
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
210 Harvard St.
42°20′24″N 71°7′17″W / 42.34000°N 71.12139°W / 42.34000; -71.12139 (Milestone 5)
06 1729
BostonMA Milestone6.jpg
142 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
240 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
Old 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)
Boston Post Road Milestone 33, Northborough MA.jpg
143 E. Main St.
42°19′44″N 71°37′25″W / 42.32889°N 71.62361°W / 42.32889; -71.62361 (Milestone 33)
ShrewsburyMA Milestone35.jpg
Boston 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)
43 c.1760
ShrewsburyMA Milestone43.jpg
West 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)
WorcesterMA Milestone47.jpg
Lincoln St.
42°16′41″N 71°47′40″W / 42.278071°N 71.794392°W / 42.278071; -71.794392 (Milestone 47)
48 Originally 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.
1767 Milestones Marker 53.jpg
Route 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)
1767 Milestones Marker 54 Replacement.jpg
Originally 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.
1767 Milestones Marker 56.jpg
Between 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.
1767 Milestones Marker 57.jpg
500 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.
Boston Post Road Milestone 58, Spencer MA.jpg
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)
Boston Post Road Milestone 59, Spencer MA.jpg
Route 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)
Boston Post Road Milestone 60, Spencer MA.jpg
Route 9 at Dewey St.
42°14′12″N 72°0′28″W / 42.23667°N 72.00778°W / 42.23667; -72.00778 (Milestone 60)
1767 Milestones Marker 61.jpg
133 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)
Post Road mile marker 62, East Brookfield MA.jpg
west 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.
Boston Post Road Milestone 63, East Brookfield MA.jpg
184 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
Boston Post Road Milestone 64, Brookfield MA.jpg
Elm 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)
Boston Post Road Milestone 65, Brookfield MA.jpg
Elm 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)
1767 Milestones Marker 66.jpg
East 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)
1767 Milestones Marker 67.jpg
102 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
Boston Post Road Milestone 68, West Brookfield MA.jpg
East 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
1767 Milestones Marker 69.jpg
147 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
1767 Milestones Marker 70.jpg
Route 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)
1767 Milestones Marker 71.jpg
Burbank 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)
1767 Milestones Marker 72.jpg
Bemis 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.
1767 Milestones Marker 73.jpg
North side of Baypath Rd.
42°11′53″N 72°12′20″W / 42.19806°N 72.20556°W / 42.19806; -72.20556 (Milestone 73)
1767 Milestones Marker 74.jpg
970 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)
99 1763 Historic American Buildings Survey Arthur C. Haskell, Photographer Oct. 1, 1937 (a) EXT.- FRONT - Boston Road (Milestone), Springfield, Hampden County, MA HABS MASS,7-SPRIF,2-1.tif State St. at Federal St. (Springfield Armory)
42°6′25″N 72°34′46″W / 42.10694°N 72.57944°W / 42.10694; -72.57944 (Wait Guide Milestone)
Springfield Known as the "Wait Guide Stone". Inscribed-
Pulsantis Perietum
Virtus est sua Merces

This Stone is Erected
by Joseph Wait, Esq.
of Brookfield
For the Benefit
of Trav[el] Here.
AD 1763

Replica placed in 2010.[5] Original in storage at the Armory Museum.
Source unless otherwise cited: NRHP nomination papers[6]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "NRHP Nomination for 1767 Milestones". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2011-08-29.

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