Middle Post Road

    The stone marker shown above is on a section of Middle Post Road across from the
    Clough Elementary School on North Avenue,.on property owned by William Auty.

    There is also a section of the Post Road essentially intact near Westcott Road and
    Eight Rod Road.

    Post Road crossed 16 Washington Street near the Murphy residence. It led to Lake
    Nipmuc, and then on to Hartford and eventually reached New York.

    Sketch map sent by DJ Malloy. He also sent the photos of mile markers on the post
    road below. He said of them, "The mile post in Allston is on the sidewalk, the one in
    Harvard Square is in a cemetery, next to artist Washington Allston's grave."

    Thanks to Dick Grady for sending the Worcester Telegram article below.

This marker is in Gen. Draper Park in Milford.

    Click here to see a large number of photos
    of the markers on the Telegram site.
June 18, 2018

    Historic milestone markers repaired
    By Sandy Meindersma
    Wicked Local Staff
    Posted Jun 24, 2018 at 12:01 AM

    SHREWSBURY — Milestone Marker No. 43 recently took up residence at a new location in
    town: the town common.

    The relocation of the marker from its previous location, at the intersection of Main Street and
    Interstate 290, is part of a state Department of Transportation project that preserved and
    stabilized the historic milestone markers along the Old Upper Boston Post Road from Boston
    to Springfield.

    The markers are considered Colonial-era artifacts and are listed in the National Register of
    Historic Places. Records indicate that the earliest markers were installed in Boston, Brighton
    and Brookline in 1729, and several markers were installed along the Upper Boston Post Road
    under the authority of a 1767 Massachusetts Council order.

    Milestone Marker No. 43 is one of two markers along the Old Upper Boston Post Road;
    Milestone Marker No. 35 is in Dean Park, and is inscribed with the words “Boston 35
    Springfield 65 Albany 165.”

    In addition to the two markers in Shrewsbury, Milestone Marker No. 33 is on East Main Street
    in Northborough. It is carved with the inscription “33 miles to Boston.”

    Twenty-nine of the 40 markers were determined to be in need of cleaning and repair.

    Daedalus Inc., a Watertown-based sculpture and monuments conservation firm, conducted
    the work, which included reversing inappropriate repairs to deter spalling, removing organic
    matter and spray paint, filling cracks caused by moisture infiltration, resetting markers in
    foundations, removing vegetation to ensure proper drainage and relocating markers that had
    been moved from their original locations. Work began in 2015 and was completed last month.

    Besides Shrewsbury and Northborough, the 29 milestone markers preserved as part of the
    project are in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Worcester, Leicester, Spencer, East Brookfield,
    Brookfield, West Brookfield and Warren.

    The project was funded by MassDOT and the total project cost to rehabilitate the 29 markers
    was $116,600.

    “We are pleased that this important project to preserve our state’s history has been
    completed,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “These markers tell an
    important story of how people traveled centuries ago, of the routes that were valuable for
    commerce and the kinds of navigational tools our ancestors relied on before automobiles
    were in anyone’s imagination.”
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